Started in 1994 as a bold idea in a small building, the Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic of Asheville is taking its operation to a new facility at 25 Heritage Drive.
Funded by $1 million each from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and PetSmart Charities, the clinic will not only continue its low-cost spaying-and-neutering mission, but will become a state-of-the-art national training center. The grand opening is Tuesday, June 17, at 11 a.m., and includes ta performance by Firecracker Jazz Band.
The new 13,000-square-foot facility, as outlined in an ASPCA press release, will have the capacity to sterilize 250 pets per day — more than double the average for normal spay/neuter facilities. And its training curriculum will further spread its successful format for high-quality, high-volume surgical sterilizations that the Asheville facility has pioneered nationally. The local nonprofit has mentored clinics that have in turn sterilized more than 250,000 dogs and cats nationwide, according to the ASPCA, and since its beginning, the Asheville clinic has collectively serviced 180,000 pets from Buncombe and other WNC counties in their mission to help end pet overpopulation.
For more details, visit the clinic’s Web site or call 252-2079.
— Nelda Holder, associate editor