CANTON — The River Valley Animal Advocates received a $10,000 grant from the Belvedere Animal Welfare Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to use towards purchasing medical and surgical equipment for a mobile, self-contained spay and neuter trailer.

Becky McDonald, president of the River Valley Animal Advocates, said Monday that the grant will “help many local animals and their owners to have access to economical veterinary care in the River Valley area.”

McDonald said that the trailer will have a fully equipped surgical unit where Don McLean, who runs Kind Animal Care in Norway, can “do spay and neuter clinics for local cats.”

“The trailer will be self-contained, solar-powered and fully mobile, so that it can be used at any location,” McDonald said.

The trailer will be towed with a truck.

The River Valley Animal Advocates was founded in October 2009, and attempts to “promote and support healthy, loving and positive connections and interactions between humans and animals for the physical, emotional, and spiritual betterment of them all.”

For more information, call McDonald at 357-2666 or email her at

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