Pet Community Center Opens New Low-Cost Spay Clinic in Davidson County
Pet Community Center (PCC) has already helped thousands of animals in need throughout Middle Tennessee. Now, the nonprofit organization is gearing up to open a high volume, high quality, low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Nashville in the first quarter of 2014.
Campaign leadership includes Honorary Campaign Chair, Anne Davis, first lady of Nashville who says, “I really hope everyone will join me in supporting this project. It is an extremely worthwhile project. It’s something that we all can do together, so please help us today!”
PCC has been operating a spay/neuter program using a network of veterinary clinics since October of 2011 and has served more than 3,100 animals to date. The program normally has more than 1,000 animals waiting for surgery at any given time. When all other options were exhausted to meet growing demand, PCC started researching what other cities were doing. They talked to leaders in cities that were saving 80-90% of shelter pets and discovered Nashville is lacking 11,000 – 15,000 spay/neuter surgeries annually to achieve the same result. Thus, PCC began the exciting journey to open a clinic in Nashville.
As of early November, the organization was about 75% of the way to their local fund raising goal and is also planning to raise funds through national grants. “The community has really supported this campaign enthusiastically. We’re confident that we will find the resources to open the clinic. However, we can’t open soon enough so we hope that people will continue to support this campaign,” says Natalie Corwin, President and CEO of Pet Community Center. “When we consider the fact that healthy, friendly, deserving animals are still losing their lives every day in Nashville, that gives us a real sense of urgency.”
PCC has been accepted into a prestigious mentoring program through the Humane Alliance, the leading experts in high volume spay/neuter, who will provide training and support to the new clinic. PCC will be using Humane Alliance’s high quality protocols.
The clinic will be located in East Nashville with plans to provide transportation services to underserved areas. The exact location will be announced as soon as the lease on the building is finalized. While the clinic will be open to the general public, the clinic’s primary purpose is to serve animals that are most at risk of becoming homeless or euthanized, such as animals from low-income areas, free roaming cats and pit bulls. PCC anticipates that spay/neuter surgery prices will be approximately $35 – $65 and additional financial aid may be available to those who qualify. Middle Tennessee rescues and shelters may sign up to become volume partners and may qualify for discounts.
Volunteers will be needed for special projects. To sign up for volunteer updates visit petcommunitycenter.org/volunteer. Donations can be made online at petcommunitycenter.org/spayneuterclinic.
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