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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

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    Return-to-Field Handbook

    Return to field handbook cover

    A collaboration between the Humane Society of the United States, Neighborhood Cats and Alley Cat Advocates

    This Return-to-Field Handbook was developed as a practical guide to help shelter staff develop the processes and protocols needed to provide positive outcomes for healthy stray cats. Detailed chapters cover everything from how to gather important information at intake to managing returns and everything in between. Whether you are just starting out or looking for ways to improve your existing program, this handbook is for you!

    This complete handbook is also available for free download online.

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  • Magazine Article

    Helping hands across the island

    More than two dozen organizations are working together to provide free spay/neuter services and vaccinations to thousands of pets in Puerto Rico.

    In a huge collaborative effort, an HSUS-led coalition brings veterinary services to the pets of Puerto Rico

    The pet owners of Puerto Rico have welcomed Spayathon™ with open arms, arriving early and waiting for hours to get their animals sterilized and vaccinated. The unprecedented initiative, spearheaded by the Humane Society of the United States, has serviced thousands of pets and produced nearly as many heartwarming stories.

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  • Magazine Article

    One fine day

    A dog and owner wait their turn at a 2012 clinic in Chicago.

    World Spay Day hits quarter-century mark

    Spay Day celebrates a quarter century of litter prevention.

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