By: Lanetra Bennett
October 16, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - The non-profit, "Be the Solution" will now be able to expand its spay and neuter services to more pets in the community, thanks to a van that was donated by the City of Tallahassee.
It will be used to pick up pets from residents' homes. They will then be taken to local area veterinary hospitals for surgery and returned to their owners.
BTS says it will have fixed at least 2,500 pets by the end of 2013.
The founder, Gerry Phipps, says the van will help with target areas. She says, "These are areas of Tallahassee that are actually producing a lot of the intakes to the animal shelter and then those animals get euthanized. So, we really want to get in there and target where the biggest problems are and make a difference and so that we can bring down the pet overpopulation problem."
The city donated half the value of their surplus Animal Control van and the Animal Shelter Foundation picked up the other half of the cost.
Press Release: Be the Solution
TALLAHASSEE-- Be The Solution, Inc. (BTS), will receive its first fleet vehicle to assist in the transportation of dogs and cats for spay and neuter surgeries from the City of Tallahassee (COT) and the Animal Shelter Foundation on Wednesday, October 16. The city donated half the value of their surplus Animal Control van and the Animal Shelter Foundation picked up the other half of the cost for the $9,750 purchase. Be The Solution, Inc. assumes all remaining financial responsibility for the vehicle to include annual operational, upkeep, and personnel costs estimated to be approximately $80,000. The new BTS initiative is also receiving assistance from Competition Paint and Body; the company will offer their towing services to transport the vehicle for minor cosmetic repairs.
* TALLAHASSEE- BTS Vehicle Acquisition and Towing
October 16, 10 am
City Fleet Management Facility
400 Dupree Street
BTS will have fixed at least 2,500 pets by the end of 2013. The acquisition of the new vehicle marks a considerable service expansion for the BTS non--profit organization beginning in January. BTS Founder Gerry Phipps said, " Our goal is to fix 4,000 pets in 2014 by continuing the voucher program offered at the BTS store and by adding the extra pets altered through the van." The current voucher program is available at the BTS store located in the Tallahassee Mall. The new mobile project will cater to target areas in Tallahassee where pet overpopulation has provided the largest number of strays and unwanted animals to the Animal Service Center. The BTS van will pick up companion animals from residents and then transport them to local area veterinary hospitals for surgery and then return the pets to their owners.