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Sunday, July 16, 2017
Heather Snyder, an animal control officer with Franklin County, brings in a half dozen puppies to the Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic, for their full health workup on July 13. In the photo, Snyder is holding littermates Jason and Tracy. (T-G Photo by Terence Corrigan)

It’s Thursday morning. It’s 7:30 a.m. In the waiting room of a Union Street clinic, Bonnie looks a little nervous. She sits cradled in Rosemary Leverette’s arms. Soon, Bonnie will be taken into the operating room to be spayed.

Bonnie is a Warfield Red Beagle, but she probably doesn’t care about that. Rosemary is her human; that’s who Bonnie cares about.

Rosemary got Bonnie and her cohort, Clyde, and before she could get them fixed a litter of puppies was created. Rosemary doesn’t want any more accidental litters.

About a quarter-to-eight, Heather Snyder comes in carrying Count Chocula. The Count is just one of a half dozen puppies Snyder is bringing to the Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic today. Snyder is an animal control officer with Franklin County. The Count is here to get his full health work-up. He will be heading out soon for a temporary home with Little Rhody Rescue, based in Harmony, Rhode Island, where he will begin his search for a permanent home.

Snyder also brought in the Count’s male siblings; all the litter mates’ names are based on breakfast cereals: Captain Crunch and Lucky Charms. The Count’s female siblings will come another day. Another puppy Snyder brings in this day is named for an Irish ballad that will soften even the hardest of hearts ­ “Danny Boy.”

“Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling,

From glen to glen, down the mountain side.

The summer’s done, and all the roses falling,

It’s you, it’s you must go and I must bide.”

Franklin County Animal Control took in 40 dogs last week.

The clinic will provide the puppies with all their shots, spay or neuter, and microchip them.

The mission

Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic (MTSNC) provides a community service and they operate with a mission statement. “Our mission at the Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic is to help alleviate pet overpopulation by providing affordable spay and neuter services for dogs and cats of qualifying owners and caretakers and to provide and promote education for the humane care and treatment of all animals.”

The clinic is often able to provide veterinary services subsidized by grants for those who are financially challenged.

Rosemary Leverette brings Bonnie, a Warfield Red Beagle, to the Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic July 13, to get her spayed. Bonnie's cohort, Clyde, got to stay home. (T-G Photo by Terence Corrigan)


MTSNC is currently on a mission to purchase a transport cargo van which would allow them to provide veterinary services for people who for whatever reason may not be able to get their pets to the clinic.

The van will also be used to aid rescue groups, shelters and animal control agencies.

The clinic is hosting a luncheon fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall. There will be a silent auction and guest speaker. (Bell Buckle Banquet Hall has donated the hall for the event.)

Tickets cost $30 per person or table sponsorships are available for $100. Tickets are available at MTSNC, 846 Union Street, in Shelbyville. The clinic is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The clinic is also asking for donations of silent auction items.

To donate items or line up a table sponsorship contact Robyn Wexler, MTSNC Director of Donor Development at (760) 672-9488.