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Spay/Neuter

The majority of pets are spay/neutered thanks to decades of hard work by the humane field and veterinary professionals. 80 to 90 percent of owned cats and dogs are sterilized, reflecting that spay/neuter has become a mainstream social norm of pet keeping over the years. How do we increase spay/neuter rates? You may be surprised! Our resources are research-based and designed to help you identify the best strategy for your community.

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Find Your Spay/Neuter Strategy

There is no one-size-fits-all strategy for this since there are so many variables in every community. But there are some critical elements to assess and build on depending on your local resources and the demographics of your area.

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  • Blog Post

    Every Animal Deserves Access to Veterinary Care

    Ms. Smith’s beloved pet Rich, just 10 months after treatment for mange.

    Hear from Inga Fricke on the attack on nonprofit veterinary service providers

    Meet Rich: he’s a playful, loving boy who has been Ms. Smith’s beloved pet for more than 10 years. Rich contracted mange and Ms. Smith didn’t know how to help him. She called around to many private veterinarians, but with a limited income she couldn’t afford even the office visits.  After none of the home remedies she knew were working and his condition was worsening, she finally made the heartbreaking decision to surrender Rich to Charleston Animal Society (CAS) in the hopes that someone with greater financial means could help him.

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  • Guide

    Advocate for Spay/Neuter Laws

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    Some spay/neuter laws can be effective, but laws are not always the right solution.

    Find out what laws The HSUS supports and why, and which types of laws create long term social change. There’s no need to spend time passing new legislation when resources won’t support it and there are more effective means.

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  • Guide

    Locate Existing Spay/Neuter Resources

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    Conduct a community assessment to discover where the need is greatest

    Take a holistic look at your spay/neuter capacity and community starting with these resources.

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  • Guide

    Fund Your Program

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    Explore grant opportunities for municipal agencies and nonprofit organizations.

    Listings of financial assistance opportunities for a variety of animal welfare programs including spay/neuter, rescue initiatives, community cat populations and more.

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  • Guide

    Find Your Spay/Neuter Strategy

    Learn how to assess and build your individual spay/neuter strategy with these tips.

    There is no one-size-fits-all strategy for this since there are so many variables in every community. But there are some critical elements to assess and build on depending on your local resources and the demographics of your area.

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  • Assessment

    Managing Community Cats

    Managing Community Cats

    Tools, training and information to help reduce cat populations and nuisances, improve welfare, further public health and safety and mitigate the real impact of cats on wildlife

    “Community cats” are typically un-owned or semi-owned cats, comprised of both strays (lost and abandoned former pets who may be suitable for home environments) and ferals (extremely fearful of people and not welcoming of human attention, making them unsuitable for home environments), who are the offspring of other feral or stray cats. Some community cats can be considered loosely owned, meaning that concerned residents feed them and may provide some form of shelter in their own homes or on their own property, but do not always identify the cats as their own personal pets.

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