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Spay/Neuter

Thanks to decades of hard work by the humane field and veterinary professionals, 80 to 90 percent of owned cats and dogs in the U.S. are sterilized, showing that spay/neuter has become a mainstream norm of pet-keeping. How do we continue to increase spay/neuter rates? Our resources are research-based and designed to help you identify the best strategy for your community.

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  • Getting it right in L.A.

    I’ve managed the HSUS Pets for Life (PFL) program in East Los Angeles since January 2012, and from April of that year through August 2016 I also served as a volunteer commissioner of the Department of Animal Services for the City of Los Angeles (LA Animal Services). My dual roles gave me the opportunity to shape the policies and protocols that I championed while I served on the commission.

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Most recent Tools and Resources > Spay/Neuter

  • Magazine Article

    The little clinic that could

    Veterinarian Kelly Pinkston performs a spay surgery at the Help for Animals clinic in West Virginia, which has sterilized more than 160,000 animals.

    Animal Care Expo legacy is still going strong at a West Virginia spay/neuter clinic

    As Donna Spencer tells it, one of her most life-altering experiences took place 22 years ago during a visit to Las Vegas.

    She didn’t win (or lose) a fortune at the casinos or get married at a drive-through chapel. What Spencer did in Vegas was even more meaningful, and it would impact countless lives in the years to come.

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  • Blog Post

    Promoting social justice through spay/neuter

    To improve your services, dive into your community’s issues

    On this World Spay Day 2018, let’s talk about creating a culture of inclusivity and understanding within your spay/neuter programs.

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  • Magazine Article

    A delicate balance

    On an island with limited resources but deep pride in its horses, The HSUS partners with locals to forge a path forward

    A tiny island in Puerto Rico, Vieques is a study in contrasts: It's blessed with beautiful beaches but plagued by a poor economy. Horses roam free, serving as a popular tourist attraction, but also causing damage in towns and creating dangerous driving conditions; serious accidents involving vehicles and horses are common. To help provide a safer and healthier future for all the animals on Vieques, The HSUS and its global arm, Humane Society International, are working with locals on projects ranging from spay/neuter clinics for companion animals to a contraceptive program for horses.

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  • Magazine Article

    Walking a mile in the other veterinarian’s shoes

    Public health veterinarian Tamerin Scott, right, a frequent volunteer at the Amanda Foundation’s quarterly Wags for Wellness in Watts clinics in Los Angeles, delivers a pooch into waiting arms.

    Shelter vets and private practitioners can save lives through collaboration

    Ideally, all veterinarians would work in harmony to ensure animals in their communities receive the medical attention they need. Unfortunately, relationships between shelter veterinarians and private practitioners are often marked by misunderstanding or mistrust. The persistent, misguided stereotypes—private vets are greedy, shelter vets provide inferior care—can make cooperation difficult. In Southern California, the veterinary community is trying to improve communication between the two camps—with the goal of greater understanding and partnerships to benefit animals.

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  • Guide

    Help pets in hot cars

    Learn how to help a pet left in a hot car and prevent further tragedy through legislation.

    Tolerable weather doesn’t mean temperatures remain cool in a locked car and leaving pets locked in cars is never 100% safe. Every year we’re reminded how high temperatures in cars can cause irreparable organ damage and even death. And one thing that unites us as animal sheltering and rescue professionals is the vow to protect animals from unnecessary cruelty and death.

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  • Blog Post

    World Spay Day, then and now

    The Spayed Club teams with Pets for Life for World Spay Day 2017!

    Long time Spay Day coordinator Vicki Stevens traces how campaigns have evolved throughout the years

    “Don’t bore me. Make it interesting. Creative!” I don’t recall if these were the exact words my new boss, Holly Hazard, used when tasking me with revamping the Doris Day Animal Foundation’s annual Spay Day USA back in the fall of 2000, but that was the essence of her command.

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