I should be working today. I should be happy that I have the freedom to play “Have laptop, will travel.” I should be happy I’m hard at work for clients in need, serving with great pride as the “voice of the voiceless. ” I’m not in any of those positions right now, because I’m fucking pissed someone decided to rob thirty people of the ability to get their pets spayed today in Morristown.
Prevent A Litter Connections is a low-cost spay/neuter organization that uses a mobile clinic. It travels to rural areas using an RV “repurposed” as a surgical facility. Last night, it was parked in Morristown, Tennessee, ready for thirty surgeries scheduled today despite the air conditioning unit blowing out last week. Those surgeries didn’t happen because someone, most likely in an intoxicated state, broke into the RV and caused heavy damage.
When one of the PAL staff arrived this morning she caught the guy rummaging through all the supplies. He’d busted the window pictured above and was heavily intoxicated. The staffer screamed and the guy screamed back before trying to make a timely run for the hills. Fortunately, police arrived quickly, the guy arrested, and taken to a hospital in an ambulance. I’d say most likely he’ll get his day in court, but the big problem remains thirty families had to be called today and told their pets wouldn’t get treatment. There’s a good possibility thirty-one will get the same call tomorrow.
In an attempt to drive off with the RV and all the goodies inside, the dirtbag damaged the steering column as well as bust the one window providing any sort of airflow in the mobile clinic. We don’t know how much, if any, of the sedatives used during the procedures were taken, or surgical supplies stolen. Luckily, Prevent A Litter’s got people on site right now assessing the damage and totaling what needs to be done in order to start helping people and their pets again.
Spaying and neutering your pets is important and will help them live longer, happier lives. It decreases roaming behaviors, stops aggression in males and eliminates heat cycles in females, and reduces the risks of your pet developing cancer. It prevents the spread of rabies and other diseases, and reduces pet overpopulation. It’s a treatment worth paying for, and still many low-income families can’t pay a regular vet to perform the surgery. That’s why we need Prevent A Litter up and running again as soon as possible, and why I’m asking for your help.
We’re still figuring out how to get things fixed quickly so Prevent A Litter’s work can get back up and running quickly. In the meantime, I’ve taken the liberty of establishing a GoFundMe for Prevent A Litter so they can fix the RV and get back to work. You can find it here.
Any donations you can make are great, even if it’s just a dollar. If you can’t donate, that’s cool too, but I’d appreciate at least the small help of sharing this blog post on your social media website of choice.
Let’s get Prevent A Litter back to work.