Compared to 10,000 humans, an astounding 70,000 kittens & puppies are born in the United States EACH DAY, & more than HALF of those litters are unintended.
Because of the huge gap in numbers, 8 to 12 million healthy, innocent kittens, puppies, cats & dogs are abandoned to shelters around the country. Others are forced to fend for themselves against vehicles, weather, wild animals & even cruel humans. Each year, an unlucky 4 to 6 million don't find a home and are euthanized as a form of control for overpopulation. In 2007, the local Humane Society took in over 8,000 cats & dogs; close to 7,000 never left.
Benefits the Community
Stray and roaming animals can be dangerous to the community; they may attack other pets and people as well as cause vehicular accidents by running across roads. Communities spend millions of dollars to control unwanted animals, including the fees of dog wardens and the costs to collect, house and feed the homeless animals. Even if you don't own a pet, you still pay for this, and since it is money spent to treat symptoms and not causes, you will pay for it again year after year.
The Easy Fix
Spaying & neutering prevents unwanted births which greatly reduces the amount of cats & dogs facing euthanasia in shelters. Coupled with the adopting of shelter pets, spaying & neutering is a more humane solution to fixing the overpopulation of cats & dogs. Kitties & Kanines has performed over 45,000 surgeries since opening in 2007, thus saving the lives of thousands of unwanted pets.
In 2007, a group of concerned individuals formed the 501 (c) (3) called River Valley Animal Welfare Coalition, now called Friends of Kitties & Kanines, out of the concern for pet overpopulation in the River Valley community. This group saw the need to stop the cycle of the millions of unwanted births and euthanasia of cats and dogs in the community. They realized that the main reason people do not spay/neuter their pets is due to the high cost or having no access to spay/neuter services. Friends of Kitties & Kanines works to fund Kitties & Kanines Veterinary Clinic to provide the community with high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter services, as well as vaccinations and microchipping. This would only be possible through the generous grants, fundraisers and donations from the community.
Thanks to Friends of Kitties & Kanines' partnership with the Humane Alliance in Asheville, North Carolina, an organization that mentors to over one hundred organizations in opening and operating high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinics, Kitties & Kanines opened in 2007 and became the first clinic of its kind in the state of Arkansas. The clinic is proud to have our veterinarians receive extra training at the Humane Alliance and provide the River Valley community with a clinic that has a state-of-the-art surgery center and the latest equipment. Since opening, Kitties & Kanines Veterinary Clinic has performed over 45,000 spay/neuter surgeries, preventing hundreds of thousands of unwanted cats and dogs from being born into abuse, neglect and euthanasia.
How do we know?
Numerous studies show that the intake rate at shelters significantly decrease when low-cost spay/neuter services are available in the community. For example, see the findings and statistics published by the No Kill Advocacy Center and in Nathan Winograd's book Redemption which demonstrates the substantial impact that low-cost spay/neuter has on shelter intake and euthanasia rates..