"Spay Bay" Needs Your Help to Complete Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic

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"This is Motorcycle, my two year old named her. I cannot imagine taking an animal out into the middle of nowhere and leaving it to fend for itself," said animal lover Lori Brown.

But Motorcycle's future is looking up. Brown is now fostering her until she can find a forever home. Sadly, the same can't be said for thousands of other abandoned animals in Bay County.

"Over six thousand pets were euthanized last year, just in this county alone," said Bay County Animal Rescue President Charles Cromer.

"It is a very sad situation. We shouldn't have that," added Operation "Spay Bay" supporter Melissa Frye.

Operation "Spay Bay" is a collaborative effort between several local animal organizations with a name that clearly explains its bottom line. Since its inception last year, "Spay Bay" organizers' main goal has been to open up a low-cost spay and neuter clinic. That dream came a big step closer to reality over the summer when the county agreed to lease a building in downtown Panama City for just $1 per year.

Sunday, supporters invited the public out to the new location to bring everyone up to speed on their progress, progress that still faces two huge hurdles.

"We're estimating another $25,000 is what we need," said "Spay Bay" Treasurer Terry Cotter, "I mean it takes money and obviously that is something we will always need is money to help keep the cost as low as possible."

But even if and when they raise that money, they're still missing a big piece of the puzzle.

"Most local vets here already have an established business, so we've got to draw in some new talent," said Cromer.

So close but yet seemingly so far away needing $25,000 and a veternarian, but they're not giving up, and just how "Spay Bay" first came about, organizers hope that same community spirit will garner enough support to get them past this final leg of the journey, helping Operation "Spay Bay" to finally open its doors.

"If you love animals at all and you don't want to see animals die, this is the way to go," said Brown.

To find out how you can help visit Operation Spay Bay's website listed below.

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