Low cost spay neuter programs, such as North Shore Animal League America's Spay USA, prevent feline pregnancy, reduce overpopulation and lower the cost and burden on cat rescue groups and shelters.
In talking with pet owners and dealing with shelters, I continue to be amazed at how many people don't get their pets spayed or neutered.
I often hear stories that start with, "Well, she got out, and now we have kittens."
Yes, cats do escape and sometimes it can't be helped. They're sneaky. I've had that happen to me.
But, as the stories continue, I often hear "We couldn't afford to have her spayed."
This simply should not be the case. There can probably never be enough low cost spay neuter programs but there certainly has to be a way that we, as a society, can get this done.
In the United States, we're willing to spend the money on euthanizing millions of cats and dogs annually.
We're willing to deal with the social consequences and what it says about our society that we perform these killings.
How about we turn it around? One way to do that is by making spay and neuter services available and affordable, and getting the word out.
To that end, North Shore Animal League America will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:00 Noon, on Thursday, August 25, 2011. The ceremony is to dedicate its Pet Nursery and remind animal lovers about the national Spay/USA program.
They're also launching a live weekly Ustream feed of rescued pets and their babies, with the first live feed beginning at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, August 25, 2011. After that, the live weekly feed will be Thursdays from 2:00pm – 5:00pm, starting on September 1.
To attend in person, the ceremony will be held at:
North Shore Animal League America
16 Lewyt Street
Port Washington, NY
Click here for directions.
You can see Hope, an American Staffordshire Terrier Mutt-i-gree Mom and her six puppies, and Amber, a Domestic Shorthair cat and her three kittens.
I've embedded the Ustream video below.
Low cost spay neuter programs are available in the US, but I've noticed that not many people seem to know this. Spay USA alone has 28 state programs and a toll-free referral service. These programs provide low cost or even free services. There are over 2,000 clinics nationwide with approximately 5000 veterinarians in their network.
To locate a clinic providing low cost services, Spay USA provides a list of phone numbers and websites by state, or you can submit their referral form found on their website.
Another way to get low cost services is to purchase a certificate from Friends of Animals. You can search on that page for participating veterinarians near you that accept the certificates.
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Photo Credit: North Shore Animal League America