A dog named Gunner was the 12,000th surgery at The Spay Neuter Project, a Columbia clinic.
The Spay Neuter Project is an effort by No Kill Columbia to reduce the number of unwanted pets in mid-Missouri by providing spaying and neutering services and vaccinations. It is a member of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals's National Spay Neuter Response Team training program.
The organization opened in 2015 and reached 10,000 surgeries in April.
Janeene Johnston, executive director of the organization, said that spaying and neutering pets keeps unwanted animals from overwhelming shelters and rescues.
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