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"Spay-ghetti" dinner raises money to help animal overpopulation

By Gabrielle Chevalier, Nooga.com

883 days ago   Article ID# 1459389
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Wally's Friends

CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE (Nooga.com) - Local animal spay and neuter group Wally's Friends is hosting a "spay-ghetti" dinner and silent auction Feb. 28 to raise funds to help pay for the cost of animal surgeries.

The dinner and auction is the organization's largest fundraiser of the year, and it is hosted annually on National Spay Day, Eileen Price, director of Wally's Friends, said.

The money raised will help the group cover the cost of spaying and neutering animals from low-income areas to help alleviate the problem of pet overpopulation, Price said.

"It is a national consensus that we cannot adopt our way out of this situation ... It is just terrible that so many [animals] are put down who are highly adoptable and intelligent," she said. "They are just put down like trash ... Spay and neuter brings out a higher quality of life in our community."

Wally's Friends offers low-cost spay and neuter options for those who cannot afford to take their animals to the vet, Price said. The organization also offers vaccinations for the animals, as well as testing for heartworms when their owners bring them in.

“If these animals are taken in by people who cannot really afford to have them but feel sorry for them and feed them, they often don't see a vet,” Price said. “There is very little vet care in many of these counties where we work.”

Since the opening of the Wally's Friends clinic in 2006, more than 53,000 spay and neuter surgeries have been performed at little to no cost to the owners, she said. In addition to funds received through donations, the organization also receives grant money from groups such as PetSmart Charities and the Petco Foundation.

"Everybody needs to be responsible and spay and neuter their animals, so we can stop this unnecessary euthanasia," she said. "It has just gotten out of control."

The dinner and auction event will take place Feb. 28 at the Warehouse Row event space, located at 1110 Market St., from 5:30 until 9 p.m.

The silent auction will offer everything from pet products to gift certificates to autographed sports memorabilia, Price said.

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Updated 883 days ago   Article ID# 1459389

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