Kerri Hatcher Fickling regularly helps rescuing dogs. Pet parent to 3 and foster mom to 10, she donates her money and time to several rescue groups in Macon, Georgia.
Last week, there were numerouos reports of abandoned puppies and pregnant strays all over town, which got Kerri to thinking how she could help make a difference.
She decided to do something dramatic and offered what she called her "Christmas gift for Macon".
She wrote on her Facebook page, "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."
She told The Telegraph that since her announcement she has paid for the surgery for over 40 animals and she has been getting hundreds of calls and emails from people hoping to take her up on her offer.
"Somebody’s got to end this," Kerri said. "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."
Kerri brought 6 dogs to local vet, Dr. Ivey Dennard, for the procedure on Friday and has 8 more scheduled for next week. Kerri's goal is to spay 2000 dogs. At around $55 per dog she's looking at a cost of approximately $110,000. Kerri, who owns a real-estate business says that "part of my mission now has been education." In addition to using social media to get the word out, she has also been canvassing neighborhoods in Middle Georgia that may not have easy access to computers and informing local rescue groups and animal control.
Dr. Denard told the Telegraph people often don't prioritize spaying and neutering their pets. He added, "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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