Earlier this month, Kerri Hatcher Fickling took to Facebook to post an offer that she called her “Christmas gift for Macon.”
“I will personally pay for any female dog to be spayed,” she said on the social media site. “Even more, I will take time off work to pick up your dog, drive her to the vet and return her to you that evening.”
Rescuing animals is almost like a full-time job for Fickling, who owns three dogs and is currently fostering 10 more in her home. She also donates money and materials to several area rescue groups.
A glance at Fickling’s Facebook page is a window into her passion. It’s dominated by images of dogs, and she shares daily posts from rescue groups about animals available for adoption and from owners asking for help finding their lost pets.
Last week was especially heavy with reports of abandoned puppies and pregnant strays all over town, she said.
So she decided to do something dramatic. “Somebody’s got to end this,” Fickling said. “I decided that I’m going to spay all the female (dogs) in Macon and at least help to take care of Macon’s problem.”
Since then, she has paid for the surgery for 40 to 50 animals, she said, and has been inundated with many more calls and emails from people hoping to take her up on her offer. The interest has come in overwhelming numbers, she said, but she remains determined in her mission. Fickling said she wants to have 2,000 dogs spayed.