AL-ANON, A WORLDWIDE RECOVERY ORGANIZATION for the families and friends of alcoholics. The organization will have its area convention February 21-23 at the Clarion Inn at 4900 Hatch Blvd in Sheffield. Speakers and workshops are offered and newcomers are welcome. Admission is $20 at the door. Contact Sharon at for more information.

FEBRUARY IS SPAY/NEUTER MONTH. NORTHWEST ALABAMA SPAY AND NEUTER ASSISTANCE (NASANA) will have at table set up at Pet Depot in Muscle Shoals on February 22 to let people sign up for a discounted spay/neuter procedure, provide their proof of eligibility, and make the small copay. The first 10 people who come in will be able to get one animal fixed for $10 including the rabies vaccination. Those with multiple animals or those who come in after the first 10 of the day will get the offer for only a $25 copay. Thist also includes rabies vaccine. These needed procedures often cost over $100 elsewhere. NASANA helped 423 animals get fixed in 2019, 1600 since its founding in mid-2015. Shelters and some other rescues are trying to find homes for as many animals as possible. However, the real solution to excessive pet population is still spay/neuter. For more information, check the NASANA Facebook page.