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Local vet marks 4,000th surgery

Phoenix-based Altered Tails Altered Tails’ director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Kellie Ayle, last month performed her 4,000th spay/neuter surgery for 2016.

The staff at the Barnhart Clinic, 950 W. Hatcher Road in Sunnyslope, helped Dr. Kellie Ayle celebrate her 4,000th spay/neuter surgery with balloons, congratulatory signs, and cake (submitted photo).

The staff at the Barnhart Clinic, 950 W. Hatcher Road in Sunnyslope, helped Dr. Kellie Ayle celebrate her 4,000th spay/neuter surgery with balloons, congratulatory signs, and cake (submitted photo).

Altered Tails, a not-for-profit organization, is Arizona’s largest spay/neuter clinic specializing in high-quality, low-cost services. This year alone, Altered Tails’ Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson clinics will provide approximately 25,000 spay/neuter surgeries, with individual pet owners as its primary clientele. Altered Tails’ Phoenix surgeries take place at the Barnhart Clinic, 950 W. Hatcher Road in Sunnyslope.

According to Altered Tails’ Executive Director Ellen Clark, pet owners can spend, on average, upwards of $400 per surgery at their local veterinarian office. Because Altered Tails specializes solely in spay and neuter services, it is able to offer the procedure at more affordable prices.

Altered Tails has had tremendous success throughout metropolitan Phoenix in reducing the homeless pet population, as well as offering these simple procedures as a way to help pet owners reduce unwanted behaviors and for pets to lead healthier lives.

Altered Tails is a member of the Alliance for Companion Animals, which is a coalition of seven animal welfare agencies in Arizona. The Alliance developed a comprehensive three-year program called, “Fix.Adopt.Save.” to tackle Maricopa County’s homeless animal problem helping both animals and communities.

And, with more than 50,000 animals entering shelters in Maricopa County each year and thousands more in dire need of spay and neuter services, Altered Tails continues to collaborate with the Fix. Adopt. Save. campaign to assist with spay/neuter surgeries due to high intake numbers. Now in it’s third year, Fix.Adopt.Save. has already resulted in a 71-percent decrease in euthanasia in Maricopa County.

Visit www.AlteredTails.org or call 602-943-7729 for more information.

 

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