The Issue: Euthanasia of Companion Animal in Shelters
In the United States alone, animal shelters care for more than six million cats and dogs, but euthanize between three and four million of them every year, according to data from the Humane Society of the United States. With low adoption rates and millions of pets abandoned by their owners every year, the shelters cannot accommodate all the homeless animals. Spaying or neutering companion animals can help to reduce shelter overpopulation and limit the need for euthanasia.
The Campaign: Spaying or Neutering Cats
If 60 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Iowa Humane Alliance can spay or neuter 60 cats owned by low-income families, thanks to matching donations from an anonymous donor. Donations will be matched up to $10,000. Spaying or neutering cats prevents the birth of unwanted companion animals, thus reducing the number of homeless animals that need space in animal shelters. Veterinarians will perform the surgeries at the new Iowa Humane Alliance Regional Spay/Neuter Clinic, which is equipped to complete more than 8,000 surgeries each year. Each additional $30 raised will fund another spay or neuter procedure.
All donations will be matched up to a $10,000 total by an anonymous donor.
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Iowa Humane Alliance
Three animal-welfare advocates started the Iowa Humane Alliance in 2008 to reduce companion-animal homelessness and shelter overpopulation by spaying or neutering local animals. It assists local shelters, pet owners, and feral-cat caretakers with a sterilization program and a hotline that provides information about spaying or neutering. Additionally, Iowa Humane Alliance is in the process of expanding to include a high-volume clinic that will provide up to 8,000 spay or neuter surgeries every year.