AAGS Featured in Eagle Newspapers

AAGS has been featured in the Eagle Newspapers this week! See the article here.


Too many animals for the available homes leads to an unacceptably high euthanasia rate in CNY! The rate of animals killed for lack of homes in Syracuse is higher than an other city in upstate NY.Image

AAGS has a solution! A high volume, high quality spay-neuter clinic for rescues, shelters, and the low income of Central New York could alter 30-40 animals per day with one vet. We already have several vets lined up and are willing to train more! We have been approved for this training by the premiere US trainer in these procedures, the Humane Alliance. We are looking for a location in Syracuse.

We have to raise $35,000 in “rainy day” funding before actually being scheduled for this training. That is to cover costs as the clinic “ramps up” to full capacity. For that we need your help!

Please visit our page on Rally.org to donate. Every little bit helps, BUT if you are unable to contribute at this time, please pass our link on to others who may be able to help!





Help End Euthanasia of Healthy Animals in CNY!

ImageDid you know that Syracuse has the highest euthanasia rate of any city in upstate NY? AAGS thinks this is not only a tragedy, but it is an appalling reflection on CNY. Our solution is to build a high volume, high quality spay-neuter clinic (HVHQSN) and we need your help!  More news coming soon!

Our New Brochure


Download our newest brochure, telling all about “THE PROBLEM” and the “TINY FIX SOLUTION” and HOW YOU CAN HELP right to your computer.


T-shirt Prototype

Marcia's freehand designs garnered lots of attention!

Marcia’s freehand designs garnered lots of attention!

The other shirt was fluorescent blue. How many would you like?

The other shirt was fluorescent blue. How many would you like?

What do you think of our new t-shirt? Isn’t it fun?

Did you know . . .

The Problem AND the Solution By The Numbers . . .

Our Tiny Fix Flyer by the numbers.

Our Tiny Fix Flyer by the numbers.


Weekend Events

AAGS members had a busy, WINDY weekend talking to folks about the issue of spay-neuter.

Karen and Marcia setting up for Pet-riotic

Karen and Marcia setting up for Pet-riotic

Karen ready to talk to folks while Marcia surveys the setup. What works? What can we do better next time?

Karen ready to talk to folks while Marcia surveys the setup. What works? What can we do better next time?

Spayed kitty

Spayed kitty

This lucky boy was just neutered!

This lucky boy was just neutered!


AAGS is thrilled to report that we have been accepted for training by the National Spay/Neuter Response Team at the Humane Alliance in NC, the preeminent training program in “High Volume, High Quality, Spay-Neuter.”

The acceptance letter reads in part, “The goal of the NSNRT is to end shelter pet overpopulation nationwide, and your participation is critical in implementing the solution.”

More than 44,000 dogs and cats live in Onondaga County households that exist below the poverty level and are unable to afford the cost of neutering surgery; consequently, the majority of these 44,000 pets are not neutered and pump out countless litters of unwanted puppies and kittens each year.

Given those statistics, it is not surprising that CNY has one of the highest euthanasia rates in New York State.

AAGS is committed to ending pet overpopulation and the euthanasia of healthy animals in the CNY area. This training will be a huge step in that direction!


If you’ve been waiting to see how you could help bring about our vision of no more homeless animals in our community, we’re ready for you! Here are a few ways you can get involved:


Spring, summer, and even fall are full of them! We need some enthusiastic, energetic volunteers to help with set up, tear down, and, of course, to spread our message to the public!


We must raise $135,000! That’s what it will take to make our dream of a high volume, high quality, low income spay-neuter clinic come true this Fall. Could you research or write a grant? Drum up corporate sponsorship? Contact media to advertise our clinic and our fundraisers? Distribute flyers and posters? Dream up a fundraiser–large or small? Organize or help with a fundraising event?


AAGS members attend court hearings of all city animal abuse cases, as well as many cases heard in the town courts. Sitting very quietly and respectfully, our members’ presence is in support of the victimized animal. Via a polite, concise note to the judge, we make our advocacy known. AAGS’ silent presence at these cases has been duly noted by both the court and the media. Might you like to attend any hearings to bear witness for the animals?


As the reality of our high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic grows nearer, we must build relationships with and encourage the participation of those segments of our community where the need for this service is most pressing. Speaking informally with church groups, school organizations, community centers, food pantries, social service providers, civic organizations, local merchants, and local government representatives will be crucial to build trust and gain support. If you like face-to-face informal contact with some of our neighbors, this might be just the job for you. While we will begin by focusing on our inner-city neighbors, we will exist to serve all of the income-eligible in Onondaga County.

Community outreach can even include small, targeted campaigns to get dogs licensed. Interested in devising or helping to execute that activity? Talk to us!

Spring Has Sprung . . . And Here Come The Kittens!

It happens every year with the arrival of good weather! The unneutered male’s fancy turns to . . . well, you know—and before we know it, we have kittens, hundreds of them, thousands of them, all of whom will themselves be breeding within a few months. It is a cycle that never ends. But there is something you can do.

While some of the cats you are seeing may be neighbor’s pets, it is likely that many are stray or feral.

So What’s the Difference?

A feral cat is one whose home is outdoors and who has not been socialized to people. It cannot, in most cases, be “taught” to become a pet, and is therefore unadoptable. If taken from its outdoor home to a shelter, it will be killed.

A stray cat, on the other hand, is a former pet that has been lost or abandoned. These cats are generally adoptable and make wonderful housecats.

But There Are So Many!

According to the Tree House Humane Society of Chicago, “February and March are the peak pregnancy months for feral cats  . . . they have an average of 1.4 litters per year, with an average of 3.5 live births.” In addition, a kitten can become pregnant as early as four months old. Utilizing statistics from the  American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) it is easy to calculate that the current estimated 36,656 stray and feral cats in Syracuse this spring, could easily reach over 100,000 by winter. Not all of them will survive the winter of course, but many of them will, and the cycle will start anew next year.

What is the Answer?

The answer to pet overpopulation is spay and neuter, which we encourage every pet owner to do. With regard to unowned cats, whether stray or feral, Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the only method of feline population control endorsed by all major animal welfare organizations, including The American Humane Association (AHA), The Humane Society of the US (HSUS), The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA and The National Animal Control Association (NACA), to name just a few. Why? Because it is affordable and it works! 

What is TNR?

According to Neighborhood Cats, “Trap-Neuter-Return, commonly referred to as “TNR,” is the only method proven to be humane and effective at controlling feral cat population growth. Using this technique, all the feral cats in a colony are trapped, neutered, [vaccinated for rabies,] and then returned to their territory where caretakers provide them with regular food and shelter. Young kittens who can still be socialized, as well as friendly adults, are placed in foster care and eventually adopted out to good homes.”

Why Not Just Take Them All to the SPCA?

Feral cats taken to a shelter are typically killed immediately. This is not an option that is popular with most Americans.  Furthermore, according to the ASPCA, “Eradication . . . of a feral cat colony . . . almost always leads to the “vacuum effect” [wherein] either new cats flock to the vacated area  . . . or survivors breed . . . .  Eradication is only a temporary fix that sacrifices animals’ lives unnecessarily, yet yields no positive or beneficial return.” In other words, the trap and kill methodology does not work.

So What Am I Supposed to do?

The City of Syracuse does not currently have any programs for cats. This does not, however, mean you have no options.

The cats in your neighborhood have been abandoned by your former neighbors. They are now “community cats” and the resolution of this problem must be undertaken at the community level, given that “nobody’s” problem is in actuality “everybody’s” problem. Learn more about this subject at Alley Cat Allies.  Talk to your neighbors and decide on a neighborhood approach. The CNY Cat Coalition can’t take the cats, but they can assist with trapping as well as other details. They have a low cost spay-neuter clinic available by appointment at 420-7729.

Spay and Neuter Syracuse (SANS) is another local clinic. They do not help with trapping but do offer spay-neuter services. They can be reached at 422-7970.

It has been said that there are only three things you can do with a feral cat:  1) Nothing, 2) Trap & Kill, 3) TNR. The first one means next year you are going to have at least 10 cats where today you have 2. The second means the same thing BUT it will cost you $$. The third one is the ONLY one that will provide a permanent solution to your overpopulation problem. So get busy! Learn more, White kitteneducate your neighbors, and have a TNR party!