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ASPCA Launches Third Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic to Help Curb NYC's Pet Overpopulation

New Van Expands Services for New York City’s Pets in Need
July 16, 2007

NEW YORK, July 16, 2007 —

WHAT: On Tuesday July 17th, the ASPCA® will unveil a third mobile spay/neuter clinic in its fleet during a special ceremony at the ASPCA headquarters in Manhattan. The new 685 square-foot mobile spay/neuter van was generously donated by the Stephen M. Sander Foundation and will increase the ASPCA’s ability to help control New York City’s pet overpopulation, as well as provide medical assistance for countless New York City residents.

The new mobile spay/neuter clinic is one more example of how the ASPCA is helping New York City in its goal of becoming a “no-kill” city. In 2003, the ASPCA helped fund the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, a coalition of more than 120 animal shelters and rescue groups, and in 2006, the city of New York, for the first time in its history, placed more than 50 percent of animals in city shelters into new homes.

In January 2007, ASPCA® Mission: Orange™, a national campaign designed to create a community of humane communities, one community at a time, was launched across the country, with New York being one community where the ASPCA will continue its efforts to curb the needless euthanasia of healthy, treatable animals, both through increased spay/neuter programs as well as adoption events.

With the new mobile clinic, the ASPCA hopes to spay/neuter more than 18,000 cats and dogs annually. The truck features amenities for veterinarians, vet techs and clients.

“The ASPCA is the single largest organization providing free and low cost spay/neuter to needy pet owners in NYC’s five boroughs,” said ASPCA President Ed Sayres. “We’re also growing one of the largest mobile spay/neuter program in the country, and are proud to play an active role in taking New York City towards its goal of becoming a humane community.”

WHEN: Tuesday, July 17th 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:

ASPCA Adoption Center
424 East 92nd Street.
New York, NY 10128

WHY: For 10 years, the ASPCA’s Mobile Clinic Outreach Program has offered free and low-cost spay/neuter surgery to financially needy pet owners in New York City’s five boroughs via two (and now three) fully equipped mobile veterinary clinics. The mission of the outreach program is to put an end to the tragic euthanasia of healthy animals in New York City by addressing the animal overpopulation crisis at its source—in the heart of the city’s local communities. Recognizing that many of the most serious overpopulation and animal health crises arise in neighborhoods with limited access to veterinary care and education on animal issues, the program brings these services directly to those communities. In 2006, the ASPCA’s mobile clinics provided over 12,000 free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to cats and dogs.

HOW: Please contact Amy Geduldig at 212-876-7700 ext. 4567 or AmyG@aspca.org to arrange interviews or for additional information about this event.