Humane Alliance's Big Fix Rig
Together with The ASPCA, The HSUS will pay for the first year of operating expenses for the Humane Alliance's Big Fix Rig. The Rig is a 53-foot trailer fitted as a mobile stationary clinic. Its presence in the Gulf Coast region (Mississippi in May and June, and Louisiana after July) will allow groups in both states to offer low-to-no-cost spay/neuter surgeries to residents and feral cat caregivers through the Humane Alliance's high-volume spay and neuter system.
SPAY Louisiana and Mississippi Spay and Neuter (SPAN) are responsible for coordinating the Big Fix Rig's itinerary in their states, working with local animal organizations to schedule the surgeries and publicize the mobile spay unit's visit to each community.
In a separate program, initiated before Katrina, The HSUS has developed a three-year, $900,000 partnership with the Humane Alliance. The partnership calls for the establishment of 27 high-volume spay/neuter clinics in selected communities across the country; the clinics will be modeled after the Humane Alliance's own successful and self-sustaining clinic in North Carolina. The Humane Alliance has been in talks to establish such a program in the Gulf region. "We are absolutely committed to putting an end to the pet overpopulation problem in this country, and the series of programs we have launched will bring us measurably closer to that goal," says Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO for The HSUS.