As many people know, the animal population in Alabama is exploding. That means every day, hundreds of unwanted pets are put to sleep. Hopes of reducing those numbers inspired a Montgomery woman to open a first-of-its-kind clinic in Alabama.
The clinic opened Monday in a shopping center on the Atlanta Highway near Big Lots. It offers low-cost spay and neuter surgeries.
"Some people don't have the resources and others aren't willing to pay what it costs," said Rachel Tears, who founded the Alabama Animal Alliance, a non-profit organization.
The Alliance runs the clinic, which is staffed by veterinarians, with the help of donations. In only her first day, the vet on duty performed 28 procedures.
The clinic was modeled after a similar clinic in Asheville, North Carolina that spays and neuters up to 140 animals a day.
"We're the largest non-profit spay and neuter operation in the United States," said Melissa Saxton.
Saxton is medical director for Asheville's Human Alliance. The organization has helped open more than two dozen low-cost clinics around the country.
Prices range from $35 to $65 (compared to private veterinarians who charged between $80 and $300).
But the clinic only offers spay and neuter services. Customers are encouraged to establish a relationship with a veterinarian of their choice for any other treatments.