It's a rap: Big Smo chimes in to help local animal clinic.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Big Smo applied his celebrity Tuesday morning to help the Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic raise funds to purchase a van. Smo appealed to his half-million Facebook followers with a video tour of the clinic.

"If all my kinfolk (as he calls his fans) could throw in a dollar to help our community clinic, we could make such an amazing difference in these animals & their owners lives," he wrote on his Facebook page - The Real Big Smo.

Major difference

The clinic provided spay and neuter services to 1,235 dogs and cats in the first five months of 2017. The clinic is open three days a week performing surgeries, by appointment only, on 20 to 25 animals each day.

Waiting for the clinic to open Tuesday, Carrie Moore had her hands full with three 7-month-old brothers: Trooper, Ringo and Copper. Trooper is deaf, Moore explained to clinic workers, "he's friendly but he gets a little anxious if he can't see his brothers." Trooper does understand and obey sign language commands.

Katie Honey brought in Hot Diggity Dog, named by her 4-year-old son, Colt, after his favorite canine character on "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse." Someone dumped Hot Diggity Dog, a miniature Jack Russell Terrier, at Honey's home a couple of weeks ago and he immediately worked his way into Colt's heart. "Colt's very possessive of him," Katie said.

Likely the biggest dog of the day - and with the most unlikely name - was Fluffy, a large male Pit Bull owned by Gema Maciel. Fluffy is friendly and he's very active. Maciel figures Fluffy is about 5 or 6 years old and she's sure he needs the surgery to calm him down a little. "He needs to get fixed," she said.

Tyler Hodge is from Manchester. He brought Luna, a 1-year-old mixed breed to be spayed. He got Luna in Smithville. It was apparent that Luna is Hodge's best friend. He agreed: Luna is his family.

Looking for Miss Jade

After filming the video, Big Smo headed down to the Bedford County Animal Control Shelter on a report that his lost dog may be there. Big Smo's dog, a black and white Pit Bull named Miss Jade, went missing from his Unionville home a couple of months ago. Miss Jade had been his companion for 11 years. They had a dog at the shelter that resembled Miss Jade, but Big Smo's hopes weren't realized - it wasn't her.

Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic is located at 846 Union St. in Shelbyville. The clinic is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. The clinic also provides shots when done in conjunction with spay or neuter services. The clinic phone number is 931-684-5353.

Big Smo and Robyn Wexler discuss the clinic during a video taping. Wexler is the Director of Donor Development for the Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic.

Amanda Perryman and Kloe wait for clinic workers to take Kloe back for her surgery.

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