The mission of the South Georgia Low Cost Spay/Neuter clinic is to prevent the terrible lives endured by unwanted, stray and homeless cats and dogs.
So said Jerry Henderson, founder and president of Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary, at the Tuesday spay/neuter clinic groundbreaking on Sanctuary grounds at 425 Covington Ave.
Henderson, who spearheaded the fund drive that raised $172,000 to construct and equip the clinic, said talks began seven years about how to reduce the number of animal euthanizations in the community.
Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary was the first step. The facility, funded totally by private donations, is a no-kill sanctuary for cats.
Miss Kitty is housed in a former day-care building that went into receivership and was purchased by the Sanctuary organization. The spay/neuter clinic will be constructed on the Sanctuary campus.
Today, Miss Kitty is the second-largest feline sanctuary in Georgia.
Henderson told a groundbreaking crowd of about 100 that 4 million dogs and cats will be euthanized in the United States this year. Millions more unwanted, homeless dogs and cats will die from disease and being struck by vehicles, among other misfortunes.
It is projected the South Georgia Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic will spay or neuter 7,000 animals a year, preventing the births of 50,000 animals annually.
The facility, serving a 75-miles radius of Thomasville, will be the largest spay/neuter clinic south of metro Atlanta.
In reference to spay/neuter clinic support, Carol Jones, Miss Kitty board chairman, said, “It’s good to know there are so many people who want to solve this horrible problem.”
Establishment of the clinic is a great example of the community coming together.
The clinic will work with area humane societies and animal rescue organizations in spaying and neutering of cats and dogs.
Parker Watt, a spay/neuter clinic advocate, said the cat he adopted at Miss Kitty is the “best cat” he ever encountered.
Thomas Falcey recently moved to Thomasville from Wyoming, where he served on the board of the Animal Adoption Center, a spay/neuter program, in Jackson, Wyo.
“It is a humane approach to saving lives, and it does save lives,” Falcey said.
Said Cathie Campbell, who recently adopted a four-year-old male cat at Miss Kitty, “What a compassionate community to have this as a priority.”
Aug. 15 is the projected completion date for clinic construction, which is to begin in early June.
Sept. 1 is the occupation date.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.