Nearly 7.6 million companion animals enter shelters each year, and about twice as many enter shelters as strays compared to those relinquished by owners. With such high animal intake, shelters often struggle to adopt out all of the pets who come through their doors. As a result, millions of otherwise adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized.
These high numbers are often a result of unplanned litters that could have been avoided with spaying and neutering. Stray populations often develop and grow when left unmanaged in neighborhoods with limited access to affordable spay/neuter services.
Recognizing this, the ASPCA offers low-cost, high-quality spay/neuter surgery for pets of residents in underserved communities in New York City and Los Angeles to address the problem at its source. Providing access to these services is a crucial factor in saving the lives of more animals and is an essential part of the ASPCA’s efforts to keep more animals off the streets and out of shelters.
New York City
The ASPCA is helping end the euthanasia of adoptable cats and dogs in New York City by operating five state-of-the-art surgical mobile units seven days a week. With the understanding that pet overpopulation can occur in neighborhoods with few veterinary resources, the ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter clinic brings these services directly to residents of 120 communities in New York City.
Additionally, the ASPCA operates two stationary clinics, increasing capacity to provide subsidized spay/neuter to the city’s at-risk animals. The ASPCA clinics work in tandem with our transport service to provide fully subsidized rides for spay/neuter candidates.
South Los Angeles remains one of the region’s most underserved communities and shelter intake in this area is among the highest in the city. There are few veterinarians or pet supply stores, leaving pet owners with limited options.
In 2014, the ASPCA opened its first stationary spay/neuter clinic in the city of Los Angeles with the goal of reaching animals most at risk of shelter intake and euthanasia by offering fully subsidized spay/neuter services to at-risk animals in South Los Angeles.
Our Asheville, North Carolina-based "Humane Alliance” program is the nation’s leading training and education facility focusing on quality spay/neuter. Opening first as a regional spay/neuter clinic in Asheville, Humane Alliance began developing its national clinic mentorship and surgical training programs, aimed at those wanting to open spay/neuter clinics or improve their surgical and medical skills in the spay/neuter field. Now part of the ASPCA, Humane Alliance trains around 1,000 spay/neuter professionals annually in our best practices, and thousands more visit our online resource library—making it possible for veterinarians, shelters and rescue operations to reach millions of at-risk animals with these critical services and dramatically reduce the number of homeless pets entering shelters nationwide.