Understanding who uses low cost spay/neuter clinics and why is vital to improving the lives of our pets and helping improve the lives of homeless and abandoned animals. The Million Cat Challenge co-founder Dr. Julie Levy is one of the authors of a newer study, published in the Sept. 15, 2018, issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, looking at the characteristics of clients and pets who receive services at nonprofit spay-neuter clinics.
A few key points from this study:
-Free and discounted spay-neuter services and nonprofit sterilization clinics have been controversial because of a perception that they may draw clients away from local veterinary hospitals.
-Most pets seen in nonprofit spay-neuter clinics belong to low-income families and do not receive regular veterinary care.
-Poverty, lack of access to veterinary services, and transportation challenges combine to delay or prevent spaying and neutering of family pets. The resulting litters of puppies and kittens put tremendous strain on the resources of local animal welfare organizations. Because lack of sterilization usually goes hand in hand with a lack of veterinary care, including rabies vaccination, this represents a public health challenge as well.
How do we stop the needless killing of companion animals (dogs/cats) and community cats in our shelters? Spay and Neuter. For community cats, that is called trap-neuter-vaccinate and return (TNVR) – to a caretaker.
End the killing cycle and improve your pet’s health – SPAY and NEUTER!
Click this link to read the study