Avoiding an Overpopulation of Unwanted Puppies and Kittens

Jun 23 - mkamplain


Avoiding an Overpopulation of Unwanted Puppies and Kittens

Each year in the United States more than 3 million dogs and cats are euthanized in animal shelters. Almost 7,000 were killed In the Cleveland/Bradley County animal shelter last year.
The local animal shelter which is jointly funded by both city and county tax dollars does a good job of controlling stray or dangerous animals in our community. However a kill rate of 88% reveals the need for a local low cost spay/neuter program. Too many animals must be euthanized because there are more dogs and cats entering the shelter than there are people willing to provide them with loving care.

Many animal lovers in Bradley County have searched for a solution to the problem. Now, I am happy to report that a non-profit spay/neuter clinic will soon be opening its doors. The Dixie Day Spay is a 501 C 3 and is scheduled to announce its grand opening sometime in mid-July.

Dixie Day Spay office manager Bettie Gravelle says the clinic will have a staff of four, including Veterinarian Dr. Michael Guerdon. He will be assisted by two trained technicians and a third could be added soon.

Dixie Day Spay could have a great impact upon the local animal control program. Some 70,000 dogs and cats are born every day in the U.S. because of uncontrolled breeding. Dixie Day Spay plans to have an aggressive public education program focused on the necessity to spay or neuter your pet. Failure to do so will mean more animals on the street and ultimately facing euthanasia in the shelter. By making sure your pet can't have puppies or kittens, you'll have peace of mind that his or her offspring won't be killed.

In addition to the education program Dixie Day Spay will provide low cost spay/neuter surgery with reduced rates for low income families. This one-time cost is a small price to pay when you consider the benefit of knowing your pet’s offspring won’t be euthanized. Annual shots will also be offered at a cost of just $6 plus $10 for rabies vaccinations.

As a 501 C 3 Dixie Day Spay operates on a very tight budget and the initial start up costs have totaled several thousand dollars. The final inspection and permit fees alone were $1,200. In spite of the financial challenges the facility is roomy and beautiful and ready to insure that no pet is denied spay/neuter surgery regardless of the owner’s circumstances.
This is an admirable endeavor and worthy of our support. If you are interested in making sure Dixie Day Spay is successful, your donations are welcomed. Contributions are tax deductable and you will be helping the clinic make a difference in our community.

If you want to contribute to the cause, or volunteer or simply want more information about Dixie Day Spay you may contact Betti Gravelle by email or phone. The number is (423) 618-2101 or email
Filed Under: 2009

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