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The Best Friends Podcast Episode 25

Spay It Ain't So!
August 6th, 2020

Spay and neuter is the only way and we shouldn’t spend time or money doing anything else!

Well, that’s not true at all, but there are still too many people who think that is the case. Widely available low-cost spay and neuter services are a critical part of the lifesaving program mix, but it is just one part of the recipe.

So how much of your available resources should go to spay and neuter services versus other critical lifesaving programs? Given the challenges that lie ahead with an uncertain economy, we need to make sure every dollar goes as far as it can. We talked with Brittany Pace from Spay Memphis, and Alexis Pugh from Memphis Animal Services to learn about how their partnership saves the lives of animals in their community.

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Brittany Pace Spay Memphis

Brittany Pace

Executive Director, Spay Memphis

Brittany Pace, a Mississippi State Alum, moved to Memphis almost ten years ago and pretty quickly became involved in animal welfare, joining the Spay Memphis clinic staff in 2014.

Since becoming the Executive Director in 2016, Brittany has led the clinic through many advancements, including a complete organizational re-brand, facility move, and 28% spay/neuter annual surgery increase. Brittany enjoys seeing the clinic’s mission of preventing pet-overpopulation finally make a difference in the community and believes Spay Memphis' collaboration with local organizations is key to continuing to help pets in the Greater Memphis Area. She lives in the High Point Terrace area of Memphis with her 2 rescue cats, Oliver & Harry.

Alexis Pugh

Alexis Pugh

Director, Memphis Animal Services

Alexis Pugh has been the Director of Memphis Animal Services since 2016, leading the struggling organization from a save rate of about 65%, and a poor community reputation, to a save rate of 90% in 2019, and a renewed sense of trust and respect in the community.