Spay FIRST! is a non-profit (501 C3) organization incorporated in Oklahoma, U.S. in 2010 by a small group of spay/neuter advocates and friends dedicated to the belief that compassion means preventing suffering by addressing it on the front end.
Animals in chronic poverty were our focus from day one. Companion animal overpopulation hits the poorest communities the hardest; it impacts at-risk youth who learn to live with neglect as a part of everyday life and it is a tragic, downward spiral. Spay FIRST! Board President Charlie Hatfield explains, “The status quo of neglect, cruelty and eradication is socially, economically and morally corrosive to our global community. The most fragile communities are hit the hardest.”
We mentored the development of innovative spay/neuter programs specifically designed for this overlooked demographic. Our programs are working models for communities elsewhere.
In 2013 we took our vision for preventing animal suffering to the next level. We partnered with government agencies to support studies or to run trials on efficacy and safety of fertility control compounds that are patented in the public domain. From the beginning to the final approval these products must be truly dedicated to reaching the poor.
Along with mentoring innovative spay/neuter programs in underserved areas, we are now leaders in research into non-surgical fertility control options for dogs, and we are bringing these options to the table for other species as well.
The issues facing people in chronic poverty impact the animals that share their lives. Spay FIRST! brings discussion and direct action to the forefront in order to reduce animal suffering and create a much brighter tomorrow.
Our Chief Scientific Officer, Jeff Kemp, PhD holds a strong background in the field of research on non-surgical fertility control options.
Our board is made up of experts in veterinary medicine, research, business and animal welfare.
Our advisory board brings leaders in animal welfare, veterinary medicine, community service advocacy and legal expertise to the table.
Please contact us for more information and to join us in this effort.