There are hundreds of dogs and cats in our local shelters. Your heart breaks when you hear about so many dogs and cats being euthanized every day, but it won’t stop until pet owners become responsible and spay and neuter pets. Dr. Jeni Knizley and Stephanie Eads-Williamson from Save a Stray tell Cherish Lombard they’ve teamed up with local veterinarians to try to get as many pets as possible spayed or neutered. The 4th annual Spay-a-thon is Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. at South Alabama Spay and Neuter Center. Low income families with pets owners with dogs and cats who need to be spayed or neutered can get it done for free at the Spay-a-thon.
That Tuesday is also National Spay Day. Dr. Knizley says spring is considered puppy and kitten season, so February was chosen in hopes of preventing many unwanted animals from ending up in animal shelters and on the streets across the nation. That’s why services are provided free of charge at the Spay-a-thon, to help those who are not financially able to have their pets spayed or neutered.
An appointment is necessary, and you can make one when you call South Alabama Spay and Neuter Center at 251-343-5033. If you have donations or veterinary supplies you would like to donate, please take them to South Alabama Spay and Neuter Center. Needed items include paper towels, bleach, hand soap, hand sanitizer, blankets and towels. If you would like to donate money, please visit www.saveastray.org.
If you don’t want to wait until the end of February to have your pets spayed or neutered, you can take them to South Alabama Spay and Neuter Center for discounted alterations. Prices are $35 for male cats, $50 for female cats, $55 for male puppies, $60 for female puppies, $60 for adult male dogs and $65 for adult female dogs. South Alabama Spay and Neuter Center also offers full veterinary care services, including vaccinations, wellness care, dental cleanings, blood work and general surgery. If you would like more information about services, please call 251-343-5033 or visit www.southalabamaspayneuter.com.
Save a Stray is a non-profit organization in Mobile, Alabama designed to enrich the lives of shelter pets in Mobile County. For more information, please visit www.saveastray.org.
U.S. shelter and adoption estimates for 2012-13 according to the Humane Society of the United States:
Estimates are based on information provided by the former National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy.
Just as the U.S. has come a long way over the last few decades in terms of increased pet ownership, it’s also progressed in terms of euthanasia. The number of dogs and cats euthanized each year in shelters has decreased, from 12–20 million to an estimated 3–4 million. However, there’s still work to do. An estimated 2.7 million healthy shelter pets are not adopted each year, and only about 30 percent of pets in homes come from shelters or rescues.
- 3,500—Number of animal shelters
- 6 to 8 million—Number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year
- 25 percent—Percentage of purebred dogs in shelters
- 3 to 4 million—Number cats and dogs adopted from shelters each year
- 2.7 million—Number of adoptable cats and dogs euthanized in shelters each year
- 30 percent—Percentage of shelter dogs reclaimed by their owners
- 2 to 5 percent—Percentage of shelter cats reclaimed by owners