Small Business Showcase: Nutmeg Spay/Neuter Clinic
Each month, we profile a Connecticut small business, showcasing the ingenuity and innovation driving the state’s economy. For March, we spoke with Nutmeg Spay/Neuter Clinic executive director Clara McCabe. The company is located in Stratford.
When was your company founded?
How many employees work for your company?
Who are your customers?
Our doors are open to anyone needing our services. If someone has a cat or a dog and needs reduced-cost services, Nutmeg can support them.
What makes your company unique?
Our model of high-volume capacity sets us apart from other veterinary practices.
Our veterinarians, medical support, and administrative staff are trained to perform efficiently and safely while serving 30 to 50 pets and their owners daily.
What is a fun fact about your business or its history?
While we are not a rescue, we have had resident kitties since we started.
Many have been adopted, and we have facilitated rehoming in collaboration with area rescues.
The kitties are a great source of joy for the staff and serve as our “therapy” kitties until they can find their own home.
Why did you choose Connecticut?
There was never a question that Connecticut would be our home.
Nutmeg resulted from FeralCare, Inc. FeralCare is a 501©(3) organization formed in Stratford in 2006.
We assisted the community with the care of free-roaming cats offering trapping assistance, spay/neuter and other medical needs, and adoption placement if possible.
At that time, we were an all-volunteer organization and began to hold monthly spay/neuter clinics for stray and feral cats.
After five years, we took the next step to a facility and opened full-time to include dogs in our services.
What is the greatest advantage to operating in Connecticut?
Connecticut is a great place to live and work. We have access to a highly knowledgeable, diverse, and committed workforce.
How do you try to give back to your community?
Giving back is part of our mission, and we do so every day by offering our services at a reasonable cost and providing access to veterinary care to all in need.
Where do you see your company in five years? Ten years?
We will continue to offer our current services and make any necessary shifts to what we provide when the time comes.
We will continue to be a resource to the community and all future veterinary professionals.
What is the main thing policymakers could implement to make your company more competitive?
While keeping costs down is important in any business, it is crucial to non-profits.
Budgetary challenges are at the forefront of our day-to-day activities.
One of our larger expenses is employee medical. We hope to see changes in the law concerning coverage for non-profits.
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