Animal Coalition of Tampa recently opened a larger animal services clinic near the University of Tampa.
The 10,000-square-foot clinic at 502 Gilchrist Ave. is about one mile from its previous location.
A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last week.
Moving was necessary because, with 20,000 animals served a year, the clinic had outgrown its 3,000-square-foot location on Lemon Street, according to the clinic.
The expanded space will allow the clinic to offer more health services. The clinic also will have pet care classes on basic animal care, and offer meeting space to nonprofit community groups.
Animal Coalition of Tampa, founded in 2001, seeks to end killing as a means of animal control. Its spay/neuter clinic has "fixed" more than 65,000 dogs and cats.
The clinic also has offered low-cost surgical and medical services.
"We are so grateful to all of our dedicated supporters, animal lovers and employees that made this dream a reality," Linda Hamilton, the clinic's executive director, stated in a news release. "Not only does it make waiting lines in the parking lot a thing of the past, but just a simple addition of space will allow more people to avoid making that agonizing decision between saving the life of their beloved pet and putting food on the table."