Altered 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