Grants Awarded in Miami to Help Targeted Spay & Neuter Programs

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Thanks to grants from The ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ®) and PetSmart Charities®, The Southeast Florida Spay/Neuter Coalition is receiving much-needed funding for costs associated with 4,600 targeted spay and neuter surgeries in an effort to reduce shelter intake and euthanasia of dogs and cats. After months of data research and GIS mapping based on pet surrender information, it was determined that the highest number of dogs surrendered to shelters in Miami came from an area in Unincorporated Miami-Dade County near the Crossroads.  The highest number of cats surrendered to shelters came from an area in Hollywood.  The Coalition is focusing their efforts on meeting with residents in both these areas to encourage pet owners to have their pets sterilized, vaccinated and micro-chipped to ultimately reduce the number of unwanted animals born and help the pets in the home live longer healthier lives.

“The ASPCA believes that collaboration between organizations is the key to ending animal homelessness and cruelty, which is why we are happy to provide The Southeast Florida Spay/Neuter Coalition with this grant,” said Julie Morris, Senior Vice President of Community Outreach for the ASPCA.  “By targeting spay/neuter efforts to areas with the highest relinquishment, the Southeast Florida Spay Neuter Coalition is taking the right steps towards keeping animals in their homes and out of shelters.”

“Preventing the births of millions of puppies and kittens is key to ending the unnecessary euthanasia of pets in the U.S.,” said Steve Pawlowski, communications manager, PetSmart Charities, Inc.  “Making affordable spay/neuter services available in communities across America is a major part of the solution.”

The six organizations that formed the Coalition are:  Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department; Humane Society of Greater Miami; Broward County Animal Care & Adoption; Humane Society of Broward County; Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control; and Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League.  While each shelter is independent and not affiliated with one another, they all have come together to promote this important message.  Pet overpopulation is something we can control, but it will take help from everyone to make a difference.  For more information contact Rachel Bryan at rbryan@hsbroward.com or 954-266-6876.

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