NEW YORK—Fewer homeless kittens and puppies will enter Spokane, Wash. area shelters thanks to a partnership with the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), whose collaboration with the Spokane community increased community-wide spay/neuter surgeries by 18 percent during the second quarter of 2011 over the same period last year.
The Spokane community performed 2,155 spay/neuter surgeries, an increase of 332 surgeries as compared to the second quarter of 2010, when 1,823 surgeries were performed. Increased spay/neuter can help to prevent litters of homeless kittens and puppies from entering the sheltering system, and these surgeries can also reduce the number of free-roaming cats in communities when Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is practiced.
“An 18 percent increase in the number of spay/neuter surgeries performed is a commendable accomplishment,” said ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres. “We are proud of the work our partners are doing in Spokane, and we know that their efforts to reduce the number of homeless animals are making a positive, significant impact in the community.”
“SCRAPS is grateful to the ASPCA and our local partners for their role in our county’s success this quarter,” said Nancy Hill, director of Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services, one of the ASPCA’s local partners. “Our rise in numbers could not have been accomplished without this collaboration.”
Executive Director of SpokAnimal Gail Mackie agrees: “By combining our efforts, we continue to improve the lives of both animals and people of Spokane.”
“Spaying and neutering not only helps reduce animal homelessness but has numerous behavioral and health benefits for dogs and cats as well,” added Dave Richardson, executive director of the Spokane Humane Society, another ASPCA partner. “Each of the ASPCA’s partner organizations here are excited to continue our work so we can save even more lives in the future,” concluded Sue Anderson, director of Pet Savers and one of four local partners.
The ASPCA Partnership is a unique collaboration with communities nationwide to increase the live release rate by saving those animals most at risk through sustainable data-driven plans and programs. These engage the community to reunite lost animals with their families, increase adoptions, target spay/neuter and support feral cats and Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) initiatives.
Since the partnership began in 2007, the ASPCA has provided more than $1.1 million in grant funding to the partner agencies in Spokane. In addition to Spokane, Wash., ASPCA partners have provided positive outcomes for homeless animals in many communities around the country, including Austin, Texas; Buncombe County, N.C.; Charleston County, S.C.; Cleveland, Ohio; Miami-Dade County, Fla., Oklahoma City, Okla.; Sacramento, Calif.; Shelby County, Ala.; and Tallahassee, Fla.