MUNSTER | Estelle Marcus’ passion and concern for animals in need lives on at the Humane Society of the Calumet Area and at the clinic which bears her name.
The Estelle Marcus Animal Clinic, located in a building which adjoins the Humane Society, has been offering its services to qualifying members of the public since July. The clinic was one of the final acts of generosity by longtime Society benefactor, the late Estelle Marcus, of Munster.
Marcus and husband, Bernard, spent their lives in the region and gave back to the community by supporting such organizations as the Humane Society, said Humane Society executive director Rachel Delaney.
Marcus’ financial support and generosity enabled the Society to buy the property and put up the building.
Marcus was a “wonderful” supporter of the organization and its mission, Delaney said.
When it first opened its doors the clinic cared for animals rescued and housed by the Humane Society. In July, it opened its doors to members of the public who meet certain criteria.
The clinic is meant to help not only animals in need but people in need, said clinic director Holly Anderson. Low income pet owners on government assistance, such as food stamps, unemployment, disability or Medicaid, are eligible to bring their pet in for a low-cost spay or neuter. The clinic spay/neuter fee for a dog is $50; for a cat it is $30. During the spay/neuter appointment, the owner can also opt to have the pet vaccinated, at $10 per vaccine, or have a microchip inserted for $20.
Other groups eligible for the spay/neuter program include Gary residents, owners of pit bulls and pit bull mixes and caretakers of feral cats. The clinic also offers the low-cost program to all area animal shelters, animal control programs and animal rescue groups.
Seniors older than 65 who are on government assistance other than Social Security can get their pets spayed, neutered and vaccinated free of charge, Anderson said. On Feb. 26, World Spay Day, all Hammond pet owners will also be eligible for the program.
Spaying and neutering a pet benefits both the animal and its owner, Anderson said. For example, neutered cats are less likely to exhibit nuisance behaviors.
About the business
Name: Estelle Marcus Animal Clinic
Address: 421 45th Ave., Munster
Phone: (219) 924-7140 (please call this number to make an appointment)
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
When opened: July 2012