More Help for Animals in the Poconos

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STROUD TOWNSHIP -- The Pocono area now has a new low-cost clinic that cares for cats and dogs, but that's not the only help these animals now have in their corner.

A cry for help in the Poconos has been answered. Animals needing low-cost spay and neutering and other basic vet services have a new place to go.

AWSOM's Wellness Clinic just opened a few weeks ago near Stroudsburg.

"People have expressed thanks when they come in. Otherwise animals wouldn't have that. They go out with boosters and shots," said AWSOM board member Sandra Fellin.

The clinic helps pets from all over the Poconos as well as animals housed at AWSOM's shelter.

Since opening, the clinic has helped up to a dozen dogs and cats each day, many just needing some very basic care.

"We see so many coming in that have not been spayed, have not been neutered, and just the basics of eyes and ears and teeth infections, just general wellness," Fellin said.

The very first animal to be saved at AWSOM's Wellness Clinic is Maya. Her uterus was so infected they had to remove it immediately, and she almost didn't make it.

AWSOM isn't the only organization stepping up to help man's best friend.

The SPCA had three additional humane officers sworn into Monroe County just this week.

Three new SPCA officers will be working in the Poconos.

Three new SPCA officers will be working in the Poconos.

All are based in the Philadelphia area. Officers say the job comes with one big challenge.

"Just travel pretty much, I've been doing it for 13 years, just pretty much trying to get to each location," said SPCA humane officer Wayne Smith.

Wanye Smith, Hector Martinez, and Summer Ainsworth will join two other humane officers who work in the county, and now can assist with bigger cases such as one in Henryville where the SPCA recently needed to remove more than 100 cats from a home.

"More set of eyes, more bodies on the ground, we're able to do the job a little more efficient," said Smith.