Each year thousands and thousands of cats and kittens, dogs and puppies are euthanized due to overpopulation. Statistics show that 10-12 million pets are euthanized annually in the United States. Using the lower figure of 10 million, that's 192,308 per week or 27,473 pets euthanized every 24 hours, 365 days a year.
Seventy thousand (70,000) kittens and puppies are born every day just in the US...every hour 415 children are born...3,500 cats are also born. Twenty-five percent (25%) cats - one out of every four - are destroyed daily. The majority of these cats and kittens are bright-eyed and healthy, with no physical or mental deformities.
Why are they being killed? Because their care givers, the ones who have sworn to love and protect these animals are not spaying and neutering. Just because a pet is pure-bred, exotic or declawed or cropped does not mean that this type of pet won't end up on the street or in a shelter. Shelters are full of pure-breds, exotic, declawed and cropped unwanted pets. As many as 25% (twenty-five per cent) of all pets in shelters are pure-breds. Too many pet owners are grossly uneducated on this issue. Not only does spay/neuter ensure longer, healthier lives, but it prevents unwanted litters and homelessness.
ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics. Please click the ASPCA van above for more information. Click here for the January 2012 Staten Island dates and locations. Low income pet owners in New York City's five boroughs with proof of public assistance such as Welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, SSI, Disability, Food Stamps, or Public Housing qualify for free spay/neuter,rabies vaccination, distemper vaccination, and nail trim.
A health Pet is a happy pet and the earlier they are spayed or neutered the less likely they are to remember the procedure and the more likely they are to have a speedy recovery.
Below are just a few resources to help keep your pets happy and healthy.
Click here for our low cost spay neuter program.
Click here to order a low cost spay / neuter certificate from the Staten Island Council for Animal Welfare.
Pet owners may purchase a certificate from Friends of Animals that can be used for a routine spay or neuter surgery at any of FoA’s participating veterinary hospitals. Click here for more information.
- MADDIE'S SPAY / NEUTER PROJECT NYC
If you reside within the 5 borough of NYC and have a valid Medicaid card, you can have up to a total of 6 dogs/cats spayed or neutered each year for a special low price at participating vets.
Muffin's And the Mayor's Alliance (MAMA) Coupon
A Low-Cost Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Coupon that includes Rabies Vaccination and Left Ear Tip.
Additional low cost programs can be found on the Animal Care and Control of NYC website, by calling 311 or "Friends of the Animals at 1-800-321-PETS.