It has been another hugely successful year for Spay Neuter Charlotte. In 2016 we accomplished 11,752 surgeries, a new clinic record and are edging closer every day to a grant total of 50,000. We touched over 14,000 patients with our weekly wellness services, provided 300 dogs and cats with free pet food and did over 500 free surgeries for Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control. Our success is in large part due to the incredible administrative and medical teams in our NoDa and Pineville offices. These are the folks who represent our commitment to exemplary customer and patient care every day. As you might well imagine these aren’t the most glamorous jobs but there isn’t a more qualified and dedicated group in the region. Please note, that I said “the region” and I would go so far as to say, “anywhere.” They are a remarkable collective who I am so proud to call friends and colleagues.
2017 is shaping up to be a transformational year for Spay Neuter Charlotte. We are two weeks away from opening our third clinic in Lake Norman (325 Rolling Hill Road) and I don’t know who is more tickled pink about this expansion – us or the pet owners in the area. We can’t wait to open the door and become trusted friends and partners with the community.
As we prepare to open the Lake Norman Clinic, the renovations are well underway on 32nd Street, which will be the new home of our NoDa clinic. The interior of the building has been gutted and just this week they are beginning the reconstruction process. Our plan is to transform 9,700 square feet into a larger space for spay neuter and for a non-profit veterinary practice to better meet the needs of pet owners in the community.
Of course I would be remiss if I didn’t express my gratitude to our remarkable clients and patients. You are the reason that we do this incredibly gratifying work. We have had 260 individuals make a donation to the “brick by brick” campaign for a total of more than $4,000. You will make it possible for us to purchase a new piece of equipment from our wish list. Thank you!! Stay tuned as we finalize the plans for the permanent wall of paws!!!
-Cary Bernstein, Founder & Executive Director
Here are a few of our favorite photos from the year!
We are so excited that renovations are almost complete at 325 Rolling Hill Road the third site for Spay Neuter Charlotte. All of our fingers and toes are crossed that we will be ready to open by the second week in January. To begin the clinic will offer surgery appointments Tuesday through Thursday and provide basic medical care on Fridays. Our intention is eventually use this location as a regional spay neuter hub, providing transport to and from other communities who are in need of services but aren’t able to easily reach us. Opening up a clinic in Lake Norman was the natural next step in making sure that everyone Charlotte-area has access to affordable veterinary care. Having a clinic in center Charlotte (near Uptown) and one in the south in Pineville, it only made sense to expand our reach up north. There aren’t resources readily available in Lake Norman/Mooresville. We know that the large number of homeless animals in this area contribute to the number of dogs and cats euthanized in the region. Spay Neuter Charlotte’s ultimate purpose is to prevent the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals in our community. Opening up a clinic in Lake Norman will get us closer to that goal.
The new building is two minutes from the Exit 35 off of I77 and can also be easily accessed by Rolling Hill Road. It was formerly used as a day care center but we have revamped it for our purposes. The space is fabulous; a large lobby and spacious rooms for our animal kennels and there are windows in every room including our new surgical suite!
Dr. Molly Foley who currently works in our NoDa clinic will open the clinic assisted by our new staff veterinarian Dr. Cat Moore who will ultimately serve as the anchor veterinarian in this location. Dr. Moore joins the SNC team from a private practice in Maiden, North Carolina and is excited to support our mission to create a region without homeless pets.
We will host a community open house on Sunday, February 5th from 2:00 – 4:00. We hope that you plan to attend and spread the word. We are so looking forward to being in the neighborhood and making friends in the community.
This month we celebrate our 5th birthday and the accomplishment of 42,000 surgeries. We are very proud to have achieved this incredible milestone. Since we opened in 2011 there have been so many changes…
We have grown from a staff of five in one location to a 25 person staff spread out over two clinics and are moving forward to open a third clinic before the end of the year. In the beginning, back in 2011, we were working with one rescue group. Now more than thirty use our services on a regular basis and have become more than just clients and patients but partners in improving the lives of animals in our community.
We have pioneered a number of new and innovative systems to improve our patients’ experience with our organization. Back in 2011 we created appointments over the phone – now all it takes is three clicks on our online scheduler and you can have a date and time for your pet’s surgery or wellness appointment. Automated reminders go out to help remind folks of their upcoming appointment and to notify them that their pet’s vaccine will soon expire. There have been so many changes but one thing has remained a constant: our affection for the bully breeds.
Not to step on anyone’s toes (or paws) but if you took a poll in the clinic, pit bulls would hands down be favorite breed of our staff. We have fixed more than 3,000 pitties since we opened and I am continually amazed at the wide variety of people who own them and how many different iterations of the breed there are – brindle, red, blue, brown, fawn. Why do we love them so much? In my humble opinion it’s because (in no particular order): their fur is like velvet, they want to kiss everyone (we laugh because more times than not they are licking the faces of the doctors while being given an injection or having their nails trimmed), will pretty much do anything to get you to rub their bellies, and their tails are wagging from the minute they come through the door until the moment they walk out of the clinic in the afternoon. It can often feel like all we hear about pit bulls is the bad stuff. But as someone who interacts with multiple pit bulls five days a week for five years there is absolutely no question: not every dog is perfect but in our experience pit bulls rock!!