“Spay/neuter” is more than a surgical procedure; it’s a movement to reduce animal suffering by preventing unwanted litters in a big way. It is absolutely the only way to prevent the suffering and the high costs of pet overpopulation all at once. Please join us today!
At least eight million unwanted dogs and cats are born each year in the U.S. Sadly, most of those that enter shelters are still euthanized, and many shelters are bursting at the seams. The good news is that spay/neuter programs stop litters the minute they open.
Spay FIRST! brings years of experience and information to the table to enable underserved communities to begin to solve the problem today. We are here to help communities determine the best spay/neuter program for their population and to start to solve the problem of pet overpopulation today! Check out the rural models on our “Programs” tab.
Affordability is the greatest roadblock to pets being fixed in a timely manner. Yet fewer than ten states have statewide access to low-income spay/neuter programs while over 40 percent of U.S. households earn under $35,000 per year. By “access” we mean the ability to get a pet spayed or neutered within a 50 mile drive (or through a humane transport program) for at or under the cost of a full days’ labor (for a minimum wage earner that is $58.80.
Building bigger shelters does not prevent the suffering. Currently over two billion dollars are spent in the U.S. each year on animal control (collection, housing and disposal)…that’s an average of forty million dollars per state per year…only a fraction of that amount is spent on preventing the tragedy of pet overpopulation through well planned high volume spay/neuter programs! Why wait? The solution is in front of us!
Effective spay/neuter programs are developed community by community, county by county or tribe by tribe. Working together, we can remove the barriers of affordability and distance and help every community prevent the quiet catastrophe of unwanted litters.
Pro-active spay/neuter programs really work! Please join us as we create a better tomorrow for animals and the communities they live in!