For those of you who have not kept score over the last few years, Alabama has been through an incredible battle related to the otherwise simple issue of nonprofit spay and neuter clinics. There are four such clinics in our state and we are fortunate to have one right here in Huntsville. It was no always so. The clinic here has been alternatively open and closed a number of times due to political issues related to the legality of nonprofit clinics in our state. Most people are confused as to why this is such a big issue and we won’t get into the details here other than to say that we are very pleased that our local clinic has weathered the storm and is now open for business. We cannot speak to the future of the other nonprofit clinics in our state, but are hopeful that the reopening of our clinic signals a change of attitude by the members of the state veterinary board which oversee all veterinary practices in the state.
As we explain in our information here about no kill philosophies, having high-volume/low-cost spay neuter alternatives are key to any community being able to reduce the number of animals destroyed in municipal shelters. By having low cost options which are not based on income or geographic area, we simply make it easy for people to do the right thing by having their pets spayed and neutered. From a community standpoint, the benefits of having animals altered are simple: fewer animals in any community leads to reduced shelter intake leads to increased life-saving. From a personal standpoint, having animals spayed and neutered can help them live years longer than pets who are not sterilized, helps them avoid many diseases and cancers and keeps them from roaming.
We hope you will share the great news about the reopening of the North Alabama Spay and Neuter Clinic. It is a wonderful resource for pet caregivers, rescuers and good Samaritans.