Sandra Harmon Clive Fund makes spaying, neutering pets easier for low-income families

Abby Cavenaugh

July 18, 2014

Since the Sandra Harmon Clive Fund was started two years ago, almost 150 animals in Anson County have been spayed or neutered free of charge.

The fund was started when Sandra Harmon Clive passed away, and asked that her estate go to help animals in Anson County. “She was a big animal lover,” said Gloria Overcash, administrator of the fund. “I was her neighbor as a child, and I remember she and her husband always being so nice. She always loved animals and was very active in her church.”

In fact, Clive’s church, Peachland United Methodist Church, has been very active in making the fund a reality, Overcash said. “It was an idea that came through the church,” she explained.

Clive was a retired school teacher from Massachusetts, and Overcash said she lived in Peachland for 30-40 years. She and her husband had no children.

A free spay and neuter clinic was held on Thursday morning, and 11 animals were spayed and neutered at Brown Creek Animal Hospital. “We’re very appreciative of the fine folks at Brown Creek Animal Hospital,” Overcash said. “They have done a lot for us.”

Funds are still available to help senior citizens and low-income families spay and neuter their pets. The funds are only available to Anson County residents, and applications can be picked up at Brown Creek Animal Hospital, the Anson County Health Department, the Hampton B. Allen Library in Wadesboro or any of the library’s bookmobiles.

Right now, the services are limited to one pet per household, Overcash said. “Depending on future funding,” she added, “that might be expanded.”

Another free spay and neuter clinic is being planned for the future, although no date has yet been set.

“It’s been a wonderful thing,” Overcash said, “and we’re so glad we’ve been able to help so many people.”