Alabama residents, local veterinarians, legislators and Alley Cat Allies, "the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats" recently celebrated the victory of saving their state's non-profit spay and neuter clinics.
The Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners had entertained a proposed rule that would have "banned nonprofit groups from owning and operating spay/neuter clinics or veterinary equipment, and also would have prevented veterinarians from working with such groups." Such a ban would have ultimately led to the closing down of these nonprofit clinics that serve countless animals per year with low cost spay and neuter surgeries.
"We knew that losing these clinics would be catastrophic for Alabama", said Becky Robinson, President and Co-Founder of Alley Cat Allies. "Affordable, accessible spay/neuter surgery is a critical resource in the battle to save animals' lives."
Alley Cat Allies worked with local advocates to stop the rule from being passed. They polled all 545 veterinary clinics in the state of Alabama. The results of that poll were posted on their website: http://savealabamaspayneuter.org/. They then asked the Alabama residents to confront the veterinarians who supported the rule change.
The proposal was voted down unanimously by the board after hearing the overwhelming support in favor of the clinics, opposition to the rule from not just advocates, but also veterinarians, clinical staff and the Alabama community.
"The true heroes are the residents, concerned veterinarians, and legislators who stood up for Alabama's animals", said Becky. "And the winners are the animals, their caregivers, and really every person in the state."
Photo credit: Alley Cat Allies