Spurred by ever-increasing numbers of stray and unwanted dogs and cats, the Darlington County Humane Society proposed that Darlington County Council, of Darlington County, SC adopt a spay/neuter ordinance to curb the animal population.

State laws mandating that shelter animals be spayed or neutered safeguard the pets as well as preventing a single asoption from turning into many more homeless animals and a list of tragedies. Read here about the impact if this issue in Tennessee.

Hanford, California officials will stand behind their spay/neuter ordinance in order to keep saving lives and money.

A West Virginia shelter director discusses getting to the root of the problem…spay/neuter.

HuffPost: Spay FIRST! makes the point about putting the priority of spay/neuter right up front.

(Macon, GA) In order to reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats released to the shelter, a Macon city council member wants to require pet owners in Macon and Bibb County to get their animals spayed or neutered.  Spay FIRST! supports mandatory sterilization ordinances and believes that pets should be safeguarded by comprehensive laws and accessible spay/neuter services.

On the difficult topic of spay/neuter competing with private practitioners in the wake of the recent decision in Alabama.

A veterinarian does a great job of explaining the need to spay pets.

In the economic downturn the number of pet caregivers have declined, with both dogs and cats being a family member in fewer households than in earlier surveys.  Read this important article from DVM 360.

Animal Impact

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This may be one of the most important books to read to make your actions for animals as effective as possible.  A new book from renowned activist Caryn Ginsburg

Alabama state board rejects rule that could have closed nonprofit spay/neuter clinics.
For more information on this issue please see the PDFs on a Federal Trade Commission ruling FTC Decision and FTC Announcement.

What happens when the number of animals exceed the space in the shelter?

The State of Maryland is to consider a public fund to assist low-income pet owners in getting pets spayed or neutered.

A Tampa Florida spay/neuter clinic outgrows its’ space as people recognize the need to get pets altered.

A very positive response to a first time spay/neuter effort is taking place.  According to the Las Cruces Sun, ‘This is about the collective developments of a much broader collaboration of many folks. Developments that in the coming months and, in fact, years will save the lives of literally thousands of current and potential beloved pets.’

Finding homes for dozens of animals each day proves to be an impossible task.  As the numbers stack up, overcrowding of unwanted animals leaves an overwhelming task for workers.

Phyllis Daugherty animal advocate speaks out for dogs and cats

Model spay neuter ordinances to make your community into a better place

Spay neuter messages attract attention

A First Nations approach in Canada

Alabama State Senate approves exemption for spay neuter clinic ownership

In areas of the world where rabies still exists, unwanted dogs are feared and despised.  Many are clubbed to death.  If we could stop pregnancy and rabies all in one, animal suffering across the globe could be prevented.  Support important research to prevent litters and rabies in one vaccine.

Please come and join Fabio and have your pets picture taken and help support the mission of Spay FIRST!

There are model spay/neuter ordinances that help your community reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats by the most humane means possible…spay/neuter!

Spay FIRST! advocates for a PREVENTION FIRST approach to companion animal overpopulation. Spay/neuter must be at the heart of animal control policies.  Shelter overcrowding will only cease when each community has access to affordable spay neuter programs.  Two billion dollars each year is spent on animal control while less than ten percent of that amount is spent on publically funded prevention-based programs…we can save money and lives.   Read here about the tragic decision facing shelters each day.