We at the Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse are SO excited to announce
that – with your help – we have successfully reached our kick-off goal of raising $35,000 to initiate the opening of a high-volume, low-cost spay and neuter clinic, the first of its kind in Onondaga County!
Thanks to the generous support of community members, an anonymous donation of $20,000 from a local family, and a $3,000 grant from The Staffworks Fund, AAGS will begin the next phase of clinic development: site selection, acquisition of funding from PetSmart Charities for equipment, and staff selection and training at Humane Alliance in Asheville, NC.
According to Donna Chambers, Vice President of AAGS, Humane Alliance is the premier high-volume spay/neuter training and support organization in the United States. “Humane Alliance will provide: assistance with hiring our staff; training at their facility for staff; hands-on help setting up our clinic; and the vehicle for gaining an additional grant of $85,000 from PetSmart Charities for the purchase of equipment,” explains Chambers.
AAGS’ clinic will serve not only residents who struggle financially, but also rescue groups and shelters.
“Based on information provided by 2012 Census data, more than 44,000 owned cats and dogs live in Onondaga County households that fall below the poverty level. Because most of these much loved pets are not neutered, they pump out thousands more kittens and puppies each year,” says Linda Young, President of AAGS. “Cost and accessibility of services are the major deterrents for most of these households, and our clinic will address those issues,” she adds.
Young says that preventing these unwanted births drastically decreases the numbers of cats and dogs that join the ranks of the homeless, diseased, and often, sadly, euthanized companion animals. Neutering services also decrease the taxpayer cost of disease prevention, animal control, impounding, and euthanasia.
Because high-volume, low-cost neutering is affordable, preventative, and proactive, it stands head and shoulders above all other attempts to decrease suffering of homeless, diseased, and stray animals in a community.
Local sheltering and rescue efforts struggle to serve well over a thousand animals annually, but cannot keep pace with the numbers of unwanted cats and dogs born each year. Neutering attacks the problem at the source. Over time, accessible low-cost neutering services can reduce Central New York’s notably high euthanasia rate.*
The AAGS clinic will utilize both paid and volunteer staff, operate five days a week performing over 8,000 surgeries annually, offer some volunteer transport for animals, and charge an average of $25 per surgery. AAGS has also received a grant to subsidize fees paid by low-income families over the first three years of the clinic’s operation.
High-quality, high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinics benefit families, neighborhoods, taxpayers, and our community’s animals.