The goal of the Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic is “to stem the tides of unwanted and abandoned companion animals by offering low-cost, high quality spay and neuter surgeries.” The most expensive surgery they have is for a female dog and it costs only $80, compared to over $100 at most individual vet clinics.
They provide pick up points and transportation for animals, so if you have a busy schedule or limited transportation, they are happy to accommodate. They work closely with an organization known as SAVE, which foots the bill for pet owners who might not be able to afford the surgery without help.
Recently, though, the Clinic came under attack from the State of Alabama Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, or ASBVME for short. The ASBVME is working to shut down this low cost spay/neuter facility which provides a valuable asset to the community and surrounding areas.
On June 9, 2011 the Alabama Spay/Neuter clinic received a certified letter telling them they were operating in a violation of code and must cease operations. The letter was signed by Tammy S. Wallace, executive director of ASBVME.
The allegations are that the clinic is not owned by a licensed veterinarian, but Dr. William Weber, a licensed veterinarian, does own the Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic.
Many people are speculating the ASBVME has an agenda to shut down all non-profit spay/neuter clinics. The State of Alabama Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners recently succeeded in shutting down a non-profit spay and neuter clinic in Huntsville, AL.
Supporters of the Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic located in Irondale are not taking the news lightly. Letters are being written to the Governor Robert Bentley and CNN. The Clinic is encouraging supporters to write their local representative and have provided a sample letter for those who might not know what to say.
The Facebook page, ‘Help Save Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic’ is growing in popularity and already has close to 1,500 followers. Find out more information by visiting their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Help-Save-Alabama-SpayNeuter-Clinic/223800927638796?sk=info. You can still read the information and wall posts even if you don’t ‘like’ the page, but you won’t be able to comment.
Wm. Ronald Welch, D.V.M., President of the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, held a press conference where he announced the Spay/Neuter Clinic, Inc., located in Irondale, Alabama has been granted an administrative hearing to provide the owner of the entity with the opportunity to defend itself.
The Spay/Neuter Clinic asks that anyone who contacts the ASBVME or other representatives remember to be respectful to the people they are contacting, whether it be written letter, phone call or e-mail.