Low-cost spay and neuter clinic changing into a actuality – www.elizabethton.com

Letitia Denham

Low-cost spay and neuter clinic changing into a actuality

Printed 9:39 am Friday, March 24, 2023


Star Correspondent

Representatives from town of Elizabethton and the Associates of the Elizabethton-Carter County Animal Shelter formally signed an settlement Thursday to develop a low-cost spay and neuter clinic.

In February, Elizabethton Metropolis Council unanimously authorised a 20-year lease settlement to permit the Associates group to construct a clinic on land adjoining to the animal shelter on Sycamore Shoals Drive. The lease provides the group an choice to increase the settlement.

With greater than 25,000 cats and canine in Carter County, Associates group Chairman Michael Barnett mentioned there’s a want for a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in the neighborhood. Greater than 85% of the county’s cats and canine will not be spayed or neutered, he mentioned.

If not fastened, in 4 years, one single mating pair of canine within the county and their offspring can produce greater than 2,000 extra canine and puppies, Barnett mentioned.

The clinic, which shall be funded by working revenues and fundraising efforts, shall be staffed by a paid full-time veterinarian, a veterinary technician and a receptionist. As well as, the group plans to herald volunteer veterinarians.

Clinic workers will present low-cost spay and neuter companies, vaccinations, microchips and flea and heartworm therapies.

Barnett mentioned the aim is to quickly set up a driveway onto the property, which shall be adopted by the development of the constructing. The group has been acquiring estimates for the mission.

“We’re hoping to do one thing this yr,” mentioned Barnett, who added that the group continues to boost funds for the mission.

The group plans to boost funds with a golf match, a live performance that includes Carson Peters and different occasions all year long.

Councilman Mike Simerly mentioned the spay and neuter clinic ought to lower down the native canine and cat inhabitants.

Barnett added that the clinic also needs to assist inhabitants points on the close by animal shelter. It might additionally assist with price range considerations and workers members working lengthy hours, he mentioned.

At present, native residents should go to the animal shelter in Johnson Metropolis or the Margaret Mitchell Spay and Neuter Clinic. Many individuals, Barnett mentioned, are unable to drive to these clinics to have their pets handled. He mentioned many additionally wrestle paying for clinic visits.

The residents of Elizabethton recognize the Associates group’s efforts, Elizabethton Mayor Professional Tem Invoice Carter mentioned.

With the neighborhood’s help, Barnett mentioned he expects the mission to be accomplished shortly. Donations may be made at feccas.org.

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