AL H.B. 141—Spay/Neuter Clinic Protection Act
Sponsor: Rep. Patricia Todd
ASPCA Position: Support
Action Needed: Call your state representatives and ask them to support H.B. 141.
Alabama, we need your help to keep low-cost spay/neuter clinics operating in your state. Please support Alabama House Bill 141, the Spay/Neuter Clinic Protection Act!
Update - February 10, 2014: Good news! H.B. 141 passed out of committee and could be voted on by the full House of Representatives any day now, so it is imperative that your state representatives hear from you right away!
Currently, four spay/neuter clinics, which are designated as 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable institutions, provide low-cost, high-volume and high-quality spay/neuter services across the state of Alabama. For four years these clinics have assisted in humanely combating over-crowded shelters, reducing pet overpopulation and euthanasia. Their dedicated veterinarians have performed nearly 80,000 sterilization surgeries for humane shelters and qualifying low-income pet owners!
Introduced by Rep. Patricia Todd, the Spay/Neuter Clinic Protection Act (H.B. 141) is legislation that will address inadequacies in current state law related to the practice of veterinary medicine and the employment of veterinarians. This legislation will ensure that veterinarians are able to legally be employed by and perform services for non-profit, charitable institutions. Passage of this bill is vitally needed to protect the right of veterinarians to practice where they choose, allowing those providing services at these non-profit clinics to continue their critical work of reducing pet homelessness.
Although it’s hard to see why anyone would oppose this legislation, opposition does exist. Some veterinarians in Alabama would like to see these clinics eliminated. They view the clinics as competitors and feel that the availability of low-cost spay/neuter services to humane shelters and qualifying low-income pet owners will negatively impact their bottom lines.
What You Can Do
Please call your state representative TODAY, urging him or her to vote YES on H.B. 141 to protect the spay/neuter clinics of Alabama! You can look up his or her name and phone number here.
Thank you for your help, Alabama!