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Celebrity Corner - Marlane Barnes, star of the new Twilight supports SpayFIRST!

Marlane Barnes, starring in the Twilight film: Breaking Dawn, Part II, supports SpayFIRST!

Celebrity Corner - Fabio at Spay First Event

Fabio encourages the public to support SpayFIRST!

Watch Fabio talk about SpayFIRST!


“Spay/neuter” is more than a surgical procedure; it’s the solution to pet overpopulation.   Preventing unwanted litters stops the suffering and the high costs of animal sheltering. Compassion makes perfect sense!  Please join us today!

Why spay/neuter is an urgent message…

  • Roughly eight million unwanted pets enter shelters in the U.S. each year. Millions more are born, never to even be counted. Most that enter shelters do not come out alive, many shelters are bursting at the seams and animal abandonment is a nationwide crisis.
  • Building bigger shelters is an outdated response that does not prevent animal suffering.  Over two billion dollars are spent in the U.S. each year on animal control (collection, housing and disposal), while only a tiny fraction of that is spent on preventing unplanned litters.
  • The most basic step in caring for a pet is having the ability to get it spayed or neutered.
  • Affordability is the greatest roadblock to timely spay/neuter of pets. Yet fewer than ten states have ‘statewide access’ to spay/neuter programs for low-income households, while almost a third of U.S. homes earn under $25,000/ year.   We believe “access” means being able to get a pet spayed or neutered within 50 miles (or through a transport program) and for less than a full days’ minimum wage earnings (around $58).
  • When it comes to pets, the experience for the child in poverty, as well as for the pet itself, is glaringly different from those in wealthy communities;  unwanted litters result in misery for  both the pets and the children.  When basic care is out of range, neglect often becomes the ‘default mode’ that is passed from one generation to the next. Families are anxious to have spay/neuter programs available and keep the pets they love.
  • Spay FIRST! brings years of experience to the table to enable underserved communities to know “where to start” to solve pet problem. We help communities determine the best spay/neuter program for their population and help them start to solve the problem of pet overpopulation immediately!
  • Effective spay/neuter programs are developed community by community.  Working together, we can remove the barriers of affordability and distance and help every community prevent the quiet catastrophe of unwanted litters.
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Fast-growing Spay FIRST! now has two heads

Patty Finch (Spay FIRST! photo)

           OKLAHOMA CITY––Spay FIRST founder Ruth Steinberger has introduced longtime animal welfare executive Patty Finch as co-chief executive officer.

Neither Finch nor Steinberger wrote or suggested a headline about having two heads,  but both are known for doing whatever is necessary to attract notice to innovative animal welfare programs.

Finch previously served for nearly seven years as the initial executive director of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, founded in 2007 with support from the Humane Society of the U.S. and the American SPCA.

Finch during an eight-year stint as a public school teacher on the Navajo Nation founded the Kayenta Animal Defense League. From 1985 to 1994 Finch headed the National Association for Humane Education, a division of the Humane Society of the U.S.; served a year as executive director of the Arizona Humane Society; and from 2003 to 2008 was manager of grants and research for PetSmart Charities.

A Spay FIRST! surgical team at work. (Spay FIRST! photo)

At the Navajo Nation, Finch recalled, “I witnessed first-hand the suffering of free-roaming dogs and the brutal and ineffective ‘round-ups’ done with a nicotine gun at that time. The beloved dog of one of my students, a yellow Lab, collapsed in spasms to die at my feet as I crossed the playground with my fourth graders. His name was Bullet, and he always came to my classroom for afternoon milk and cookies. I’ve never forgotten that horrible day and I am honored beyond words to be joining Ruth Steinberger in her highly effective efforts to serve animals in areas of chronic poverty.”

Steinberger, a former journalist, initiated her first spay/neuter program in the Appalachian region of southwestern Virginia in 1993. Relocating to Oklahoma in 1999, Steinberger developed a similar program in association with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, also known as the Sicangu Lakota, that sterilized more than 6,000 animals between 2003 and 2010.

Spay First! founder Ruth Steinberger. (Spay FIRST! photo)

Steinberger formed Spay FIRST! in 2010. As well as providing spay/neuter service to remote Native American reservation locations in Oklahoma, Spay FIRST! is among the world leaders in developing and field-testing non-surgical contraceptive methods suitable for use in free-roaming dogs and cats.


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