Spay-Neuter Clinic Helps Control Maricopa County’s Pet Population

alteredlogo.jpgAltered Tails of Phoenix, Arizona operates a low cost spay-neuter clinic with an ambitious goal: to provide sterilizations to 22,000 cats and dogs a year. According to Pat Carpenter, the organization’s founder and president, accomplishing this goal is the best way to reduce the number of animals being euthanized in Maricopa County — estimated at nearly 60,000 annually.

Carpenter founded Altered Tails in October 2003 after working for many years as a volunteer with various animal rescue organizations. She was a legal secretary in Scottsdale before her retirement, and now makes her home in Phoenix with her family of rescued cats and dogs. She is a recipient of the 2007 Frances Young Community Heroes award.

Altered Tails has a 40-foot truck with everything necessary to spay and neuter pets. The mobile operating room drives to various locations in the community, where nearby residents can bring their pets to be sterilized.

In September 2007, Altered Tails board member Bea Barnhart and her husband Dick gave Phoenix area animals and Altered Tails the ultimate gift. They purchased a 5,300 sq. ft. commercial building, located at 950 W. Hatcher Rd., and gave it to Altered Tails to build a high-volume spay/neuter clinic. Their generosity continues as they have committed to match dollar-for-dollar all donations collected for the $600,000 required to bring the building up to City of Phoenix commercial code, do minor interior renovations and purchase veterinary equipment.

Altered Tails will be holding a fundraising event, “Have a Heart for the Animals” on Friday, February 8, 2008 at DC Ranch Country Club.

Source: Altered Tails Web Site

8 Responses to “Spay-Neuter Clinic Helps Control Maricopa County’s Pet Population”

  1. kaefamily says:

    I commend Pat Carpenter for offering such a wonderful service. I think most decent dog/cat owners would have their pet/s spay/neuter if the cost was not prohibited.

    I WISH we had such a service here in So. CA!

  2. Confused says:

    Isn’t Maracopa County one of the places in the country that is supposed to be “no kill” where the over population/euthanasia issue had been miraculously stopped?? Wasn’t it Ed Boks that supposedly made it “no kill” (I HATE that term BTW). If 60,000 animals are being euthanized annually, there is absolutely an unwanted companion animal problem there! And yes, I’m very thankful that Pat Carpenter is making a difference!

  3. Pit Bull Lover says:

    The Altered Tails story is proof that great ideas can become workable realities when hard work, selfless dedication - and generous monetary donations - come together in the right place at the right time. Kudos and thanks (even though I live 2,000 miles away) to Pat Carpenter, Bea & Dick Barnhart, and all the veterinarians, vet techs, volunteers, donors, and supporters of this endeavor.

    BTW, I love the Altered Tails logo. It’s simple, unique, and a teensy bit…um…*evocative*, but in the sweetest way!

  4. Jenny Bark says:

    I think this is great, what wonderful people. I wish this was everywhere in the United States. Imo it should be paid for by taxpayers if voted on I bet it would pass.

  5. Kaye Colvin says:

    I am feeding two ferral cats. I want to catch the, spay them and return them to their enviroment. Can you help>

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  7. elizabeth weaver says:

    do i have to live in maricopia co? i live in a.j. and i need to stop the kittens being born in my household.

  8. elizabeth weaver says:

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