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Young Spay/Neuter Group Quickly Outgrows Space

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by Adam Ghassemi

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Every dog or cat waiting to be adopted has been spayed or neutered. It's part of the dream Sheriff Bob & Connie Barker had for Sumner County.

It wasn't that many years ago when Sumner County had a tremendous problem as animals were being euthanized with lethal injections straight into their hearts, but since then there has been about-face when it comes to Animal Control.

The Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance started in 2011 weeks after the county's building opened.

Program Director Sara Felmlee said in that time they've fixed 16,000 animals and it just keeps growing.

"The demand has just been overwhelming," she said. "Right now we are booking into January and we're over 700 spay/neuter surgeries behind."

The non-profit is overwhelmed with people out the front door and in its lobby every day they do surgeries. Felmlee said it's because more and more people realize shelters, euthanizing and adoptions won't fix the problem.

"We have to prevent these animals from being born so we don't destroy them later. That's ridiculous," she said.

To handle the growth, they'll move to a building about a mile away next spring with more than double the space. The group is now raising money to make that move possible.

Felmlee hopes that will let them stop even more animals from being born only to eventually be put down.

"We can't have any more litters of puppies and kittens. While animals are dying in shelters we've got to stop the reproduction," she said.

Sheriff Sonny Weatherford said Friday he believes the space the non-profit vacates at Animal Control will be turned into more quarantine space, but it could also become home to another spay/neuter group.

He said the program and new building is doing exactly what the Barkers wanted.

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