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Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue- LIFESAVER Low Cost Spay & Neuter

  • Submitted by:

    Mitchell McConnell Insurance

    Organization:

    Saint John Shelter Ltd

    Location:

    Saint John NB

  • Idea Created:

    September 24, 2012

    Budget:

    Large ($100K - 150K)

Overview:

COMMUNITY IMPACT:
The low-cost spay and neuter clinic would make a difference in the lives of our animals and have a large impact on our community becasue it tackles two major hurdles in solving pet over population. First, it provides access to spay and neuter surgeries and vaccines which sadly many low-income pet owners are unable to afford. Secondly , it addresses the need to spay or neuter a large number of animals to make an impact on the breeding population. The clinic will offer low-cost spay and neuter services to the pet owners most at risk for letting their pets reproduce. Our community has an above average poverty rate and the inability to afford veterinary care contributes to the increasing unwanted pet population in the Greater Saint John area. There are pet owners who want to be responsible but they simply cannot afford the cost to spay or neuter their pets and we want to help.  The clinic program will be implemented with the goal of reducing the unwanted pet over population and the subsequent consequences that result.  With a shelter that currently has room for a clinic area, the AVIVA Community Fund would help us launch the clinic program along with an educational component for maximum impact in promoting animal health and safety, along with responsbile pet ownership in our community. There are currently no low cost spay/neuter clinics in the Greater Saint John area.  

WHO WE ARE:
The Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue (SPCAAR) is a non-profit organization  and the only shelter in the Greater Saint John area.   Our goal is to ensure shelter for orphaned animals and provide programs for their adoption. We promote responsible pet ownership through public education and enforcement of legislation. We reduce the unwanted pet population by advocating the neutering of companion animals.

THE PROBLEM:
There are a large number of unwanted pets in our community primarily because of so many litters of kittens and puppies being born without enough homes to adopt them.  Every day there are new ads posted in the classifieds and on websites giving away kittens and puppies for "free". Sadly, many of these pets will not be spayed or neutered. Some end up at our shelter, some litters will even be dropped off on the side of the road, left to fend for themselves. These abandoned animals then produce more unwanted litters
The SPCAAR is a low kill shelter that cares for over 2000 animals each and every year. When unwanted animals are abandoned by their owners, they come to our shelter as strays. During peak seasons, we become full to capacity leaving little free space to take in more and the effects of an increasing population of free roaming animals on our City, such as uncontrolled animals, increased attacks, bites, health hazards, diseased animals, unwanted litters, nuisance and damage to property, are apparent.  A low kill shelter such as ours does not use uethanasia as a method of ensuring placement for every animal brought to us. When our kennels and rooms are full and we are faced with the dilemma of haing to turn animals away. Because of this increase in the unwanted pet population, we have instituted a waiting list and/or foster homes until an animal is adopted or a kennel becomes available. No matter the method we choose at our shelter or the public critism we may endure, we do not have the capacity to :"save them all"  The more support we receive from volunteers and donation (both in kind and monetary) the more rescue work we can do. But at the rate animals reproduce in comparison to the number of available homes, it is impossible to have enough room in the shelter to save every unwanted animal in our community.

THE SOLUTION:
Our solution is this: an increase in spay and neuter in our community through a low cost spay and neuter clinic including an educational compornet. Our focus if to greatly decrease the unwanted pet population by offering affordable spay and neuter surgeries by qualified veterinarians along with educating the public about proper and responsible pet care. We believe that pets are a family member and should be given proper nutrition, housing and veterinary care. We believe that spay/neuter is a very important part of veterinary care, not only for the benefit of reducing the unwanted pet population but because spay/neuter pets have, for example, a decreased likelihood of contracting cancers of the reproductive system and are less likely to roam and become injured. Spaying or neutering increases a pet's chance for a longer, healthier life.