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October 15th, 2018

Dear Chattanooga,

I want to personally thank you for your support of Wally’s Friends all these years. Since 2007, we have offered affordable, accessible spay/neuter services for more than 115,000 animals. We have transported and saved thousands of dogs and cats from nine rural counties as well.

Through tireless effort our team has generated true social change by changing the mindset toward spay/neuter, and responding to the needs of those who already were willing, but could not afford the cost provided by private veterinarians.

For years now, we have provided a steady quantity of 130 - 175 surgeries per Week, even more when we had two veterinarians on board. Wally's Friends has proven that most people will choose to do the right thing and care for their animals when it’s affordable.
With that said, I must share with you that Wally’s Friends is now at a crossroads. While it is rather an unexpected situation we find ourselves in, we have suddenly lost our veterinarian who decided to relocate.

So far, we have been unable to locate a new vet to take us to our next chapter. Thankfully MANY clinics are opening in Tennessee and across the U.S., but this leaves our clinic and others victims of our own success.

We are faced with a shortage of this special group of veterinarians, willing to do the necessary multiple, quality surgeries day in and day out.

This is a tragedy that we cannot allow to happen. Even with new clinics opening nearby we are still receiving up to 150 calls per day, begging us to help.

I have recently spoken to many people who have reached out that have been counting on us for years. They have expressed their disbelief and grief over this temporary setback that has not allowed us to serve the community as we always have. Other agencies in our area offering spay/neuter to the public are backed up into early next year due to our dilemma. With our human population growing, the need for spay/neuter will always be great.

I want to conclude with an urgent call for your participation in securing and stabilizing Wally’s Friends now and for a long and bright future ahead. We need your help, NOW, in order to keep the lights on until we find our new veterinarian. We still have medical bills and our clinic to maintain. It is just a matter of time until we can get back on track. The money we need now will ensure that we maintain our status with vendors and in the medical community regarding medical work that has already been performed. This is a straight forward plea to pay for services, which include expensive medicine, equipment and supplies on a tight budget.
Please help us to save this community treasure called spay and neuter. The collaboration between animal shelters and low cost spay/neuter has always been a vital relationship. I personally have worked tirelessly to save so many and I want with all my heart to save this 

treasure and pass it on to Kristin Stanford, Executive Director of Pet Placement Center, who I am working with now and will lead the way to an even more successful era! This is and has been my ONE passion since 2005. Wally’s Friends will persevere to serve the community we care so much for, please help by being part of the solution with us. You all are Wally’s Friends.

Eileen Price                                                               Kristin Stanford
Executive Director                                                       Executive Director
Wally’s Friends                                                            Pet Placement Center

Please read the passionate testimonials on our next page! Just a few of hundreds!!

“Spaying and neutering services are vital to our efforts in preventing overpopulation in our community. We need Wally’s more than ever if we are to win this fight to save animals. Their services are critical to our community if we are to find light at the end of this dark tunnel! We simply do not have enough spay/neuter services in our community.”

Jaime McAloon,
Executive Director McKamey Animal Center, Chattanooga

“Due to diligent work, Wally’s Friends has brought affordable spay/neuter to this community in an extremely impactful way for 12 years. But now Wally’s needs the financial help of its friends in return, as it seeks to hire a new veterinarian following a gap in performance of surgeries and wellness services. Wally’s has served so well for so long, in so many ways besides spay and neuter. Let’s help them maintain by donating monetarily or by volunteering while they are finding a vet.”

Marcia Toumayan,

D.V.M. Cat Clinic of Chattanooga

“Wally’s Friends is very urgently and desperately needed. The thousands of animals they have spayed and neutered have made an impact for years to come but so much more is needed.
Dixie Day Spay is tremendously overwhelmed. We are booking into January and that is not meeting the need of the people nor the animals! Animals are coming into heat and pregnant before we can get them worked in. We perform 40 surgeries per day, five days per week, and sometimes on Saturdays, and still we are coming nowhere close to meeting the need.
This area is in dire need of the resources Wally’s Friends has to offer. Please help Wally’s Friends continue their lifesaving mission, as we need them. We will all suffer without them.- especially the ones who can’t speak for themselves!  

Betti Gravelle
Director - Dixie Day Spay

Since the clinic opened, Wally’s Friends has spayed or neutered over 115,000 animals. Consider the stray cat you see scurrying around the dumpster at your grocery store. Or the skinny dog wandering alongside the highway. These unwanted animals live short, generally miserable lives. They suffer greatly at the fringes of society, because there just aren’t enough homes for them all. There never will be. Thinking of how 115,000 animals, even of you figure each of them being responsible for producing even one litter, and continue that math outwardly over a decade, it becomes obvious what this clinic means to the community. Any way you measure it, Wally’s Friends has prevented a staggering amount of suffering for unwanted animals, making this a better place to live.”

Preston Cox  
Alder & Cox Insurance

“A lifetime animal lover, I oversee the health of a feral cat colony, which at any time can become 40 kittens! I spend hours catching and taming them, and then take them to Wally’s to be assessed for health, altered, and rehomed. Without this support of top quality/low cost I could not provide this service and save dozens of lives each year. They are compassionate and love each animal as their own that arrives daily. They set the standard nationwide for animal welfare and I am very grateful Chattanooga has such a clinic. Please support this invaluable resource for all of us in the area that it so desperately needs.”

Buddy Nethery
Advocate-For A Better World

“I would like to express my appreciation for the fine work done by Wally’s in our community, by providing a safe place to have spay/neuter services at a reasonable cost. I have been a Wally’s Friend since 2008, and have had multiple cats participate in the program with great success. I Iive in rural Calhoun, Ga., it is very important we have access to good vet care at a lower price. We cannot afford to pay prices at a regular vet office, and we have many stray cats.” Please help them. We have no low cost service available to help the innocent! 

Susan Evans,
Citizen, Calhoun, Ga

Pet overpopulation is a serious matter. Everyday, throughout the nation, our shelters are faced with overcrowded conditions and euthanization of healthy, loving animals. No one wants to see these homeless pets destroyed. 

Please consider the following information and make the decision to support spay/neuter of family companions. Wally's Friends™ needs your help to achieve its goal to dramatically impact the numbers of unwanted animals destroyed in shelters and starving on the streets. Prevention is our greatest hope.

Did you know

The number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year is 6–8 million?

The number of cats and dogs euthanized by shelters each year is 3–4 million ?

Less than 2% of the animals received at shelters have identification?

Most animals that shelters receive with identification, have outdated contact information?

The number of cats and dogs reclaimed by owners from shelters each year is only 15–30% of dogs and 2–5% of cats entering shelters?

The number of animal shelters in the United States is between 4,000 and 6,000? 

The average number of litters a fertile cat can produce in one year is 3?

The average number of kittens in a feline litter is 4–6?

In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can theoretically produce 420,000 cats?

The average number of litters a fertile dog can produce in one year is 2?

The average number of puppies in a canine litter is 6–10 ?

In six years, one female dog and her offspring can theoretically produce 67,000 dogs? (estimates by HSUS)

Spay or Neuter your pet...and be the solution to pet overpopulation.

Wally's Friends is a 501(c)(3) organization; all donations are tax deductible to the extent the law allows.