A dog-lover in Macon, Ga., has offered an incredible gift to unaltered dogs, and their guardians, in her community.
According to The Telegraph, Kerri Hatcher Fickling wants every female dog in Macon to be spayed and she has generously offered to foot the bill.
Fickling's incredible offer was initially announced on Facebook; she stated:
I will personally pay for any female dog to be spayed,
Even more, I will take time off work to pick up your dog, drive her to the vet and return her to you that evening.”
On Dec. 16, Fickling wrote:
So far I have helped 12 female dogs get spayed since my announcement of offering free spays to Macon dogs.
I want to urge all of you, if you're on Facebook and have a regular vet, you probably aren't the audience I am trying to reach. I was hoping I'd get more emails from folks who have a neighbor, know a guy, saw a person needing my help who would be willing to be the go between. Most of my target audience probably doesn't have email or a smartphone.
Please, lets try to spread the news to those that really need my help. It will take you knocking on doors and driving around the neighborhood. Lets break this puppy cycle, but I need your help reaching the ones who need it most.
Fickling's generosity has generated an outpouring of response; unfortunately, not all of it has been good.
Some people have expressed anger that she is not immediately responding to their Facebook inquiries - those individuals fail to grasp the realization that Fickling is juggling work, her family and a deluge of inquiries and that it takes time to get to everything.
On the flip side, a vast majority of people realize that Fickling's offer is incredible and they are deeply touched by her generosity.
Fickling's ambitious goal of seeing every female dog in Macon spayed is daunting, but she sees it as something which is necessary. She told The Telegraph:
Somebody’s got to end this,
I decided that I’m going to spay all the female (dogs) in Macon and at least help to take care of Macon’s problem.”
Many of the dogs are being spayed at the Gordon Animal Clinic. The clinic's veterinarian, Dr. Ivey Dennard, stated:
It’s really nice to have someone like Mrs. Fickling to come and help them out with that,
She is going to make a big difference in the Middle Georgia area if she continues doing what she is doing.”
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