07 July 2010

PetSmart Charities and ASPCA pledge $5.2M for affordable spay and neuter services

In order to help reduce the number of animals that are forced to be euthanized in local shelters due to pet overpopulation, PetSmart Charities and the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) announced that each organization will pledge $2.6 million to Humane Alliance.

The funds totaling $5.2 million will be used to increase affordable spay and neuter services—allowing 80 low-cost, high quality clinics to be opened across the U.S. By adding to the current 70 clinics already operated by Humane Alliance, 800,000 spay and neuter slots will be open, preventing an estimated 11 million births through 2013.

“PetSmart Charities is committed to this partnership with Humane Alliance because we know that the Humane Alliance model for effective, affordable spay/neuter services works,” said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. “Preventing the birth of millions of puppies and kittens who are unwanted or don’t have homes is key to ending the tragedy of euthanasia, a problem that is greatly underestimated in the United States. We want to help send a clear message that spaying and neutering pets saves lives, and also ensure that affordable services are available.”

“Humane Alliance is the gold standard when it comes to successful high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter,” said Julie Morris, senior vice president of Community Outreach for the ASPCA. “Replicating their model program in cities across the country will help us to make real, measurable progress in the fight against pet homelessness and overpopulation.”

In the United States 4.5 million dogs and cats die in shelters annually due to lack of homes.

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