Kitties & Pitties Spay/Neuter Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Fizzy Ramsey, President
DBCHS Board of Directors
Phone: (859) 238-1117
Kitties & Pitties
Expanding low cost spay & neuter opportunities for
community cats and pit bull/pit bull-mixes
Danville-Boyle County Humane Society (DBCHS) just received a hefty leg up on population control through a $20,000 spay and neuter grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America. This grant is for a one (1) year period and will sterilize over four hundred (400) community cats and pit bull/pit bull-mixes. DBCHS, Boyle County Animal Control and local veterinary providers are teaming up with the help of this sizable spay/neuter grant from PetSmart Charities, Inc. to proactively and humanely address pet overpopulation. Improved spay/neuter practices will lead to a decline in homeless pets, shelter intake, incidence of disease and eliminate the need of euthanasia for population control.
The raw number of cats and pit bull breeds brought to shelters each year exceed that of the homes available for adoption. Rescues and strong adoption programs greatly reduce the strain on shelters, but a more proactive spay and neuter program will improve the well-being and success of all parties.
The DBCHS opened Happy Paws Spay/Neuter Clinic in 2007, providing affordable spay and neuter surgery prices to individuals receiving public assistance, those with low incomes and social security recipients. Performing over 14,000 surgeries in the last eleven (11) years, one (1) day out of the week, with one (1) veterinarian and twenty (20) plus volunteers has contributed to an over twenty (20) percent reduction in the annual shelter intake.
“Imagine if our efforts were more than doubled?!” questions Fizzy Ramsey, President, DBCHS Board of Directors. “By focusing on the populations most at risk and partnering with area veterinarians we will begin to see a major paradigm shift at our shelter. This will help eliminate the need for euthanasia as means of population control, improving the lives of those caring for these animals and giving those in our care a better chance.”
“By taking a proactive approach to reducing pet homelessness, DBCHS is preventing thousands of unplanned litters and eliminating strain on community resources. We are proud to support this initiative and look forward to the positive impact it will have throughout the local area,” said Kelly Balthazor, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities.
Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raises awareness of companion animal welfare issues, and promotes healthy relationships between people and pets. As the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, PetSmart Charities has provided over $350 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations and millions of pets. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working towards its vision for a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit petsmartcharities.org.
The DBCHS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1972 to help the many abandoned and unwanted domestic animals in Boyle County. The Mission of the DBCHS is to promote the humane treatment of companion animals through sheltering, adoptions, community education, and spay/neuter programs. The DBCHS volunteer board of directors continues to guide the work of the DBCHS as it moves forward with this spay and neuter initiative. To learn more, or to see if you qualify for free or reduced services call 1-859-238-1117 or visit us at www.DBCHS.org.
For those who want to help in a volunteer capacity please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can help Spay it Forward by donating to DBCHS, checks payable to DBCHS Spay/Neuter at P.O. Box 478, Danville, KY 40423 or online at www.DBCHS.org.