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Humane Society hopes to open clinic in 2010

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –If more animals were spayed or neutered, fewer animals would be euthanized, fewer stray animals would wander the streets, and we'd spend fewer tax dollars to capture and care for those animals. 

That's why the Humane Society of Valdosta Lowndes County hopes to open a spay and neuter clinic. 

Jody Durham and her son Dylan found this kitten three weeks ago at the Walmart on Inner Perimeter Road.

"We were going in the garden center entrance and she was out in the plants just wandering around," said Durham. "That's not something you see at Walmart."

On Wednesday at the Humane Society, they made arrangements to get their new pet fixed.

A thousand animals were spayed and neutered this year through the humane society with the help of local veterinarians. This year the organization hopes to find a building to house a spay and neuter clinic so this number can triple.

The society says with the clinic less animals would be euthanized. The clinic is a top priority for 2010.

The Humane Society is located at a house on Jane Street. The society and the owner of the home tried to get it rezoned to house the clinic but couldn't.

"It has to be in a commercial area because of the animals," said Humane Society President Cheryl Hatcher. They zone us as a veterinary clinic and we would really love a donation of a building to use."

This year, the Humane Society of Valdosta Lowndes County celebrated 20 years. The organization depends on donations from the community and the help of volunteers. 

"We are looking for volunteers that will work hands-on with animals and also behind the scenes, sending out mailers, making copies, running errands for people that need some help, walking dog, and taking care of cats," said Humane Society Vice President Sara Riley.

Over the summer, one of the board members who's also an attorney started volunteering to help prosecute animal cruelty cases.

The Humane Society of Valdosta and Lowndes County is also searching for an Executive Director.

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