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Community briefs for May 24

Bay Clinic has new pediatrician

Bay Clinic Inc. announces that pediatrician Dr. Richard W. Penland is now taking appointments at the Pahoa Women’s Health Center located at 15-2866 Pahoa Village Road.

Penland, who is currently a pediatric hospitalist at the Hilo Medical Center, earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Colorado’s Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in 1994. In 1997, Penland completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M.

Penland has supervised third-year medical students at the Hilo Medical Center where he has been chairman of the Department of Pediatrics since 2012. At the Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colo., he supervised family medicine residents in the emergency department and made various talks to nursing staff and residents.

Bay Clinic’s Pahoa Women’s Health Center is now taking pediatric appointments. Please call 965-3038 to schedule your keiki’s visit with Penland.

Spay, neuter kittens, puppies

Did you know that kittens can go into heat and get pregnant as early as 4 months old and puppies around 5 months old? If not sterilized, puppies and kittens can get pregnant and have a litter of their own just two months later. And it’s these accidental litters that end up in animal shelters with no place to call home.

To reduce these accidental births, Hawaii Island Humane Society, with funding provided by PetSmart Charities, is introducing the Did You Know? Campaign, featuring a special $20 spay or neuter surgery for puppies and kittens under six months of age during the month of June. While some pet parents may worry that their pet is too young for this procedure, spaying and neutering is safe and easy for kittens and puppies as young as eight to 10 weeks old.

This special rate is even less than the organization’s normal low-cost priced and is available to all residents of Hawaii Island. Pet parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Did You Know?” promotion when they call to schedule their appointment. Thanks to the PetSmart Charities grant, HIHS will provide 100 puppy and kitten sterilizations for $20 during June. Please visit, call the HIHS Spay Neuter Hotline at 987-7208 or call 329-1175 for more information.


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