North Texas Giving Day Booster: Spay Neuter Network

September 13, 2016 1:05 pm

Spay Neuter Network was formed to eliminate pet overpopulation through subsidized spay/neuter services, while empowering communities to care responsibly for dogs and cats. Our mission is prevention so there are no more unwanted litters and shelters can be cleared for good. Donations on North Texas Giving Day will help fund our Mobile Surgery Clinics and Outreach efforts in poor urban and rural areas in 13 North Texas Counties including Dallas and Tarrant.

Giving Day is such a great opportunity to further those efforts. These underserved areas have the most problems with animal overpopulation because many residents cannot afford to sterilize their pets or they don’t understand when or why they should spay or neuter.

In Dallas alone, nearly 800,000 dogs and cats are living within the City limits; almost 200,000 of these dogs and cats live in areas below the poverty level. Studies show only 10% of the animals living in these areas are sterilized. That means we have nearly 170,000 dogs and cats that need our help and attention. 70% of these unaltered pets must be sterilized to greatly reduce the pet overpopulation problem we are facing.

We put people on the ground to educate on the importance of sterilization. Our outreach coordinator works with City Officials and volunteers to reach the public so they understand the need and that it can be done affordably. We work on the principle that people will do the right thing if we work together to

  1. make it affordable,
  2. make it accessible and
  3. educate owners of the tragic results of pet overpopulation, but also the life-saving health benefits of spaying and neutering their pets.

Funds from events such as North Texas Giving Day help to subsidize the cost of surgeries, fund outreach efforts and keep our state-of-the-art Mobile Animal Surgical Hospital on the road in North Texas. Spay Neuter Network performed more than 17,000 spay/neuter surgeries last year and we look to increase to 25,000 by next year. Prevention is the only way to reduce shelter intake and stop animal overpopulation.

-By Jacob Carty, Spay Neuter Network Marketing and Communications Director

In seven years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $119 million into the North Texas community. In 2015, $33 million was raised through more than 118,000 gifts benefiting over 2,000 nonprofits.

On Thursday, September 22, support Spay Neuter Network by linking here and spreading the word. #NTxGivingDay


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