To dramatically reduce the numbers of unwanted dogs and cats born each year and destroyed in our local shelters by:
Providing high quality, high volume, low cost spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats, with an emphasis on serving rural and targeted areas in Hamilton County, and nearby rural counties.
Connecting people and animals through education on dog and cat overpopulation, and the importance of responsible guardianship to elevate the quality of life in the community.
Providing transport of animals to the clinic for low income, disabled citizens and free spay and neuter to those who lack such funds.
Wally’s Friends is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing high quality, high volume, low-cost spay/neuter services for dogs and cats. Our primary service area is Chattanooga, Hamilton County, and we have a transport system to fourteen surrounding counties with little, to no animal services.
Wally’s Friends is the first high volume, high quality spay neuter clinic in the Chattanooga area. Our skilled veterinarians alter as many as 60 dogs and cats per day. Since opening in 2006 the clinic has altered more than 82,000 animals! The reality is that we will always struggle with pet overpopulation. However, the numbers of unwanted animals born each year has diminished and the words spay/neuter have become mainstream thinking! By altering puppies and kittens by age 5 months, large dogs, female cats, and concentrating on target areas with the highest numbers entering shelters, we have made a very
great impact in nearby communities. Before Wally’s Friends, there was virtually no solution for the thousands of animals born each year in surrounding rural counties, where there is little to no sheltering, and affordable spay/neuter was and still is unavailable. Unfortunately, until WF provided a solution, the primary manner of controlling overpopulation was to kill thousands of surplus animals born each year.
Monday through Friday animals are brought to the clinic by appointment and spayed or neutered using state of the art surgical protocol and surgical equipment. All animals are monitored during surgery and receive warming bags to prevent hypothermia. During the first three hours of crucial recovery time, animals are frequently checked by veterinary assistants and later offered a small snack. Our veterinarians are experts in pediatric surgery, altering puppies and kittens as young as eight weeks.
Wally's Friends is a partner of Petsmart Charities, Petco Foundation, the ASPCA and the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga. Visit www.wallysfriends.com and Facebook to learn more about us, and especially The Layla Fund, saving puppies and kittens before being adopted into their new homes! We also have regular events to alter Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes, as well as free roaming cats.
The mission is to dramatically reduce the numbers of unwanted animals born each year and those destroyed in shelters, starving in the woods, or those that meet an even more tragic fate. Our society has killed far too many intelligent, loyal companions whose crime was only being born into a world with no place for them. Euthanasia as a form of overpopulation control is not acceptable.
A truly humane society takes care of its domestic non-human population. Spay/neuter is an issue of elevating the quality of life in our community.Humans are the stewards of the Earth.
"There is no disease or condition of companion animals that takes more of their lives than euthanasia." -Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology at Cornell University
High volume spay and neuter is the non-lethal solution to pet overpopulation. Without aggressive spay and neuter millions of healthy adoptable animals will continue to be euthanized in shelters each year. We must provide successful adoption programs. However, we cannot shelter or adopt our way out of this epidemic while so many are born into a world without enough homes.
"Saving Lives Through Prevention"CFC # 62745