Would you be surprised to know that almost 3 million American cats and dogs are euthanized each year due to homelessness? We’re not just talking about strays but healthy, loving companion animals that through no fault of their own found themselves without a permanent home or someone to love them. Many of these are young animals, or purebreds, animals that you would think would be easy to re-home, but due to massive overpopulation they too face euthanasia for no other reason than lack of resources.
Animal experts agree that the only way to ensure the pet population can be controlled is to spay or neuter your companion pet. In this vein the San Francisco SPCA has announced that it will offer free spay/neuter procedures for cats and dogs throughout the month of February, coinciding with the ‘Spay/Neuter Month’ campaign running nationally.
“Overpopulation is the number one killer of cats and dogs in America. Spaying and neutering pets is vital for reducing the number of stray and homeless animals in the city,” said Jennifer Scarlett, D.V.M., co-president of the SF SPCA. “This investment by the SF SPCA is indicative of our strong belief in using preventative practices to reduce overpopulation and the resulting strains on the community’s animal shelters. We hope our efforts will encourage pet guardians across the city to make the responsible choice in having their pet spayed or neutered. If you want San Francisco to be a no-kill city, the most important thing you can do is spay or neuter your pet.”
The SF SPCA is hoping to offer at least 500 free spay/neuter procedures, and all appointments will be first come, first served. The clinic is part of the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care center which opened in 2008, and is estimated to perform 9,000 spay/neuter surgeries in 2011. It is estimated that since 1985, the clinic has helped to reduce the number of homeless cats and dogs in the area by more than half.
If you are a San Francisco resident and are interested in having your pet spayed or neutered, please call 415-554-3030 or go to www.sfspca.org/fix. Please remember that to get the procedure free, the appointment must be made for February.