September 22, 2019

Spay/Neuter Awareness

In this country we spend a minimum of one billion dollars annually to pick up, house, and destroy companion animals.  If only 5% of that one billion were allocated to spay/neuter, we could open 250 clinics across the nation and sterilize more than 4 million companion animals each year.  This necessary next step would end euthanasia as the current solution to the pet overpopulation dilemma. In the 1970s there were 62 million owned dogs/cats in the U.S.  Today there are upwards of 142.6 million owned dogs/cats in the U.S. – (77.6 million cats and 65 million dogs).  That’s an increase of 130%.  Euthanasia in 1973 was 13.5 million which is 22% of owned population; today 3 – 4 million which is less than 3% of owned pets.  If we were still euthanizing today like in the 1970s, we’d be killing more than 30 million animals per year.  According to the Animal Population Control Study Commission, Minnesota Legislature, 1989, for every dollar invested in municipally operated spay/neuter clinics, taxpayers will save $18.72 in future animal control costs over a ten-year period.In Charlotte, North Carolina, the number of dogs and cats euthanized in 1980 after a spay/neuter clinic opened dropped 40% from 7,814 to 4,658.  The city also saved 39% overall in animal control costs.In New Hampshire, during the first seven years after the spaying/neutering programs began, 37,210 fewer cats and dogs entered New Hampshire shelters than in the seven years before that.  At an average cost of $105 to impound and shelter each animal, the impoundment savings alone totaled $3,907,050.  To achieve this, the programs have spent only $1,236,817.  So every dollar spent on the programs its first seven years has saved $3.15 in reduced impoundment costs so far.

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To Alter or Not to Alter?

Besides not wanting puppies, are you looking for reasons to spay or neuter your dog?  There are plenty.

Surgical removal of your dog’s reproductive organs or glands can be done as early as 4 months of age. As a result, in addition to completely avoiding testicular or uterine infections and cancers, your dog is likely to:

* Be more affectionate and less inclined to wander off

* Have a reduced risk of accidental injuries, contagious diseases, prostate problems (if a male), and breast tumors (if a female).

* Other reasons: You’ll save on vet bills, and the cost of licensing your pet.

The Asilomar Accords – In Line with United WAG’s Mission of Community Coordination

In August 2004, leaders of a number of national animal welfare groups convened for the purpose of building bridges across varying philosophies, developing relationships and creating goals focused on significantly reducing the euthanasia of healthy and treatable companion animals in the United States.  The result was the Asilomar Accords which in their own words, “encourage the creation of local ‘community coalitions’ consisting of a variety of organizations (e.g., governmental animal control agencies, nonprofit shelters, grassroots foster care providers, feral cat groups, funders and veterinary associations) for the purpose of saving the lives of healthy and treatable animals.  We are committed to the belief that no one organization or type of organization can achieve this goal alone, that we need one another, and that the only true solution is to work together. We need to find common ground, put aside our differences and work collaboratively to reach the ultimate goal of ending the euthanasia of healthy and treatable companion animals.”  For more information on the Asilomar Accords please go to

What is United WAG Doing to Foster Spay/Neuter Awareness in Our Community?

Finding common ground and working collaboratively were two key principles underlying the founding of United WAG.  We’ve worked with community representatives to create our animal welfare curriculum for use in the public elementary schools, we’ve participated in a community-wide legislative initiatives group to revise existing animal welfare legislation and create new legislation, and we are currently working with Animal Services of Miami-Dade County and other organizations to implement a wide spread spay/neuter initiative and devise ways to maximize our ability to meet the community needs in this area and reduce the number of abandoned and abused companion animals.  In this connection, we have undertaken a far-reaching research project to objectively assess the success and potential shortcomings of mandatory spay/neuter laws that other local governments have enacted in the State of Florida and elsewhere in the U.S.   

For more information on United WAG’s efforts or to volunteer, please browse through our site and contact us with any questions you have or ideas you have to further our collective efforts.  Thank you!


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