Target: Mike Hubbard, Alabama House Speaker
Goal: End the state’s ban on nonprofit spay/neuter clinics to help reduce pet overpopulation
Millions of adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in animal shelters each year because there are too many animals and not enough homes. One way to substantially reduce pet overpopulation is through spaying and neutering, which ensures the animal cannot reproduce.
Currently nonprofit organizations in Alabama are prohibited from operating spay/neuter clinics, despite the fact that they typically offer professional and low-cost services to the public. Many people can’t afford to have their pets spayed or neutered through private veterinarians, so without the option of a low-cost clinic their pets remain unsterilized. This can lead to unwanted litters and ultimately to even more animals dying in overcrowded shelters at taxpayer expense.
Alabama House Bill 141 (HB 141) would allow nonprofit organizations to employ licensed veterinarians for spay/neuter clinics. These veterinarians would be required to follow the same standards as those in private practice, and would also be allowed to treat parasites and administer rabies vaccines at the time of surgery. Urge Alabama legislators to save pets’ lives and taxpayer dollars by supporting HB 141.
Dear Representative Hubbard,
Alabama state law currently prohibits the operation of nonprofit spay/neuter clinics that could substantially help reduce the pet overpopulation problem. Millions of healthy or treatable dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters every year, often at taxpayer expense, because there simply aren’t enough homes for them. This illogical ban is directly contributing to the problem.
Many people can’t afford to spay or neuter their pets through private veterinarians. Nonprofit spay/neuter clinics often offer the services at a reduced rate. Without the option of taking their pets to a low-cost clinic, many pet owners are forced to leave their pets unsterilized risking unwanted litters of puppies and kittens–many of which will eventually be euthanized. Legislation currently impeding this crucial service must be changed to end this cycle of needless pet deaths.
House Bill 141 would allow licensed veterinarians to work at nonprofit spay/neuter clinics operated by 501(c)(3) organizations. They would still be required to follow the same standards as private practice clinics and would also be allowed to administer rabies vaccines and treat parasites. I urge you to take this opportunity to reduce unnecessary euthanizations, help end the pet overpopulation problem and save taxpayers’ money all by supporting HB 141. Call on your colleagues in the Alabama House of Representatives to do the same.
[Your Name Here]
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