Petition Closed
Petitioning Gov. Robert Bentley and 9 others

Stop The Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners from shutting down spay/neuter clinics!

Please sign this petition to help save the Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic from being unjustly shut down by the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners! Over the last three years Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic has performed over 33,000 high quality, low cost surgeries to many people who otherwise could not afford to fix their animals. We have, since inception, been approved & sanctioned by the Alabama Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, the licensing agent for all clinics & veterinarians in the State.

On June 9th, we received a certified letter from The Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, signed by Tammy S. Wallace, executive director of the state board. The letter alleges that the Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic is not owned by a licensed veterinarian and is therefore in violation of Alabama Code and must cease operations. We believe this is a politically motivated attack on the clinic, spearheaded by a few of the Board members who do not subscribe to our mission for one reason or another.  The State Board has already effectively closed the North Alabama Spay Neuter Clinic in Huntsville and is now taking aim at us! We feel they will move on to the other non-profit Clinics in the State and we need your help to stop them! 

In accordance with state law, Dr. William Weber owns the practice performing veterinary service in the Clinic- he employs, manages & pays the veterinarians. The Clinic owns the equipment, plus we hire support staff for the veterinarians. We feel strongly that we are operating within the law, as we have been for the past 3 years. It appears that we will be going to court to resolve this - an unfortunate waste of precious resources! In addition to fighting this in the Judicial system, we need a loud outcry from our supporters. Please sign this petition and help us stop the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, as spay/neuter clinics are very important to our community and we can't afford to have the board unjustly shutting down clinics across the state of Alabama!

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Letter to
Gov. Robert Bentley
Governor Robert Bentley
Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners Demetrice N. Byrd
and 7 others
Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners Robert E. Pitman
Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners Ronald Welch
Executive Director of Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners Tammy S. Wallace
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange
Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners Robert D. Horne
Lieutinent Governor Kay Ivey
Alabama Governor
The recent news of the threat by the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (ASBVME) to close the Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic in Irondale has me devastated. Since its opening three years ago, this facility has made a huge impression on the humane movement in Alabama. The clinic has saved the lives of tens of thousands of animals in this state since 2008 by offering low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination alternatives for our citizens’ pets. To date, after opening just 3 years ago, the clinic has spayed or neutered over 33,000 animals. Every single animal that is spayed or neutered at the clinic makes an impact in our community. One may be tempted to ignore the impact of one animal, but statistics show that in seven years, one single female cat can produce 400,000 offspring. The clinic has made our communities safer, kept rabies and other diseases at bay, and best of all, has made the drive through our state more beautiful by reducing the number of dead animals on the road.

What is most concerning to me is the lack of transparency offered in the reason given by the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners for shutting the clinic down. In my opinion, the quality of the facilities and the care given by the clinic is not in question. The veterinarians on staff are licensed in the state of Alabama, and the caregivers at the clinic, in my opinion, appear to be highly capable of humanely and ethically treating the animals that go through their facility.

The clinic is working to accomplish a goal that should be top priority for all citizens of Alabama: to eliminate the unwanted pets in our communities and end the needless euthanasia of healthy animals in shelters throughout our state. I urge you to investigate the motives behind the Board’s actions in hopes that other non-for-profit Spay Neuter clinics can pursue the greater public good without legal interference.