This photo provided by Kim Chapin shows a 41-pound fat cat named Skinny at the Richardson, Texas, Animal Services shelter on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. A shelter spokeswoman says the 5-year-old orange tabby was dropped off at the facility last week, seems healthy except she is too heavy and likely has diabetes, and needs a home. (AP Photo/Kim Chapin)
Tessa, the Wiregrass Spay and Neuter Alliance treats thousands of animals a year, so when customers heard the clinic might be closing, it was painful to some of their ears.
For Cindy Hudson it's her daily routine to bring stray cats to the spay and neuter alliance in Dothan. She has had nearly nine hundred cats spayed and neutered since January so she needs the clinic to stay open.
"I can not stand the thought of litters of kittens being born and predators taking them off and hawks, and starving to death," says Cindy Hudson.
So she brings the cats here to control the population.
But thanks to a recent proposal by the Alabama state Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, Hudson might not have a place to bring the stray cats to get them neutered, especially at a low price.
In short, the board's proposal says,
"That a veterinarian can not be employed by a non-veterinarian," says Nikki Wyatt, Executive Director of the Wiregrass Spay and Neuter Alliance in Dothan.
Meaning the spay and neuter clinic could not hire a vet to complete the spay and neuter services, and that could force them to close their doors.
That's why the alliance wants their customers to write a letter to the board to keep them from changing the rules.
"We are asking for letter of support to petition this, and everyone to come out and support us on October 10th to make sure this does not happen," says Nikki Wyatt, Executive Director of the Wiregrass Spay and Neuter Alliance in Dothan.
And they already have support
Will you be writing a letter to the board?” “Yes I will be writing a letter."
"I just urge everyone to please, if they care for animals, dogs or cats, to please write and encourage these clinics to stay open."
A plea to the public to keep the alliance open, the euthanasia rate down, and pet shelters from over crowding.
Tessa, I reached out to the state board for comment and one member did contact me in time to share thoughts on the clinic staying open.
The statement reads in part...
"The duty of the board is to administrate the law and discipline any person practicing veterinary medicine without a license or any person in violation of the practice act," says Dr. Robert Martin, Member of the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.