Non-profit spay-neuter clinic to reopen

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala, (WHNT) - The final preparations are being made at the North Alabama Spay & Neuter Clinic in Huntsville. The office is preparing to reopen after shutting down April 2014, after former Veterinarian Dr. Baird decided to depart from the clinic, leaving them without a surgeon.

But even with empty cages and seats in the waiting room, the work didn't stop. Other vet offices stepped up and performed more than a 1,000 procedures through the clinic, while they were closed.

Now as the clinic is prepared to reopen Monday February 8th, they turned to a familiar face to lead their staff. Dr. Tanya Patterson worked for the clinic, part time, before it closed. "I just found that I liked the atmosphere and doing surgeries for the community," she said. "So when the opportunity for me to be back over, I took it and ran with it."

Jay Roberts, a four year veteran of the facility, says they're open to anyone and everyone. "There are no income restrictions, there's no residential restrictions, we want to help as many people and their animals as we can get spayed and neutered at an affordable cost," he says.

The grand reopening is Monday. Their doors will open at 7 am and the first four-legged patients will be seen at 8 am. Roberts hopes the place is packed, not just Monday, but every day. "We just want to shout it from the rooftops, we're open, we're here!"

If you would like to schedule a spay or neuter appointment for your dog or cat, you can call 256-489-0418 or go to their website.