A $220,000 renovation at the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter may lead to the city's first ever spay and neutering clinic.
The shelter is replacing its gate-fence like kennels with full cemented kennels. "One reason is we're constantly having repair these and they are hard to clean and that leads to disease for the animals," says adoption manager, Jennifer Earp.
In addition to new kennels, the ventilation system will be upgraded to help control odor. They'll also design a new isolation room for sick animals which are housed in a garage right now.
The big thing is -- they also hope to open a spay and neutering clinic . It would be cost efficient for people who are currently taking animals to Birmingham to fixed and keep from reproducing.
It would be a big help with the feral [stray] cats problem around the city. Currently, all 108 gates and kennels around the shelter are full. "If we could spay or neuter every animal that come through here then it would be great for the community because you wouldn't have that many out there that aren't altered," added Earp.
Right now, the work is being bid out. The shelter hopes construction will begin by sometime next month.