“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- Building bigger shelters is an outdated response that does not prevent animal suffering.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.