This was posted on Facebook by the “Friends” of MAS yesterday. If you read through the comments, you’ll see how this misinformation caused at least one Memphis pet owner to miss out on getting a spay-neuter voucher.
I thought this rather sucked. Not only because Ms. McConnell spent her time and gas money driving to a non-existent event in an effort to get her pets neutered but because the group who posted the misinformation brushed it off with a “sorry” and a frowny face. I think we can do better than this, don’t you? As such, I contacted Ms. McConnell and asked about her pets and offered to try and get her some help. She was very grateful and in fact, shared some photos with me (below). You’ll notice she takes wonderful pictures. As it turns out, she is a hobby photographer and offered to lend a hand in future should we have a need. I’m sure we’ll be able to take her up on that kind offer at some point.
Here’s my idea: Meows and BowWows has agreed to handle the funds in order to get Ms. McConnell a spay-neuter voucher at Mid-South Spay Neuter Services. (Thank you!) The fee for getting Ms. McConnell’s female dog spayed is $65 (possibly $75 if she weighs over 25 pounds). The dog is her first priority but she has a couple of kittehs she was going to ask about getting additional vouchers for as well. If anyone would like to toss a buck or two into the jar, you can use our existing ChipIn and simply make a note that it’s for the spay-neuter voucher. I dropped a donation in there just now but please don’t feel you need to contribute any set amount. The idea behind ChipIn is that every little bit adds up. If we receive enough donations to get a voucher for the full cost of a dog spay, that’s great. If not, we’ll just get a voucher for the amount collected. If it goes the other way and we collect additional funds beyond the dog spay cost, we’ll get a voucher to help with one of the cats. For those who prefer to snail mail a donation, here is the mailing address. Please indicate your donation is for the spay-neuter voucher:
Meows & BowWows Animal Rescue
Germantown, TN 38138
Update, 9-3-11: HALT! No more donations needed. Meows and BowWows reports that last night, outside agitators had chipped in enough to buy vouchers for the goggie and both kittycats! I just love you guys – you irresponsible public you.