SF SPCA Surpasses Goal of 9,000 Spay and Neuter Surgeries

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The San Francisco SPCA is proud to announce that they surpassed the goal of 9,000 spay and neuter surgeries on cats and dogs between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011, the SF SPCA fiscal year. It was an ambitious goal and one which required the SF SPCA Spay/Neuter Clinic to operate seven days a week, 52 weeks of the year, with at least one surgeon and six support staff members each day. Accomplishing this goal is part of their strategic plan to end overpopulation of animals in San Francisco.

The San Francisco SPCA finds new homes for over 4,000 cats and dogs each year, but the organization’s philosophy is to make every effort to prevent animals from being abandoned and making their ways to shelters at all. One critical component of this is to end animal overpopulation by spaying and neutering every cat and dog. The SF SPCA spays or neuters every cat and dog that is available for adoption in the SF SPCA shelter, as well as 5,000 privately owned animals. Many of the surgeries are performed for low cost or no cost through community outreach and special promotions like free spay neuter for all SF cats and dogs in March and breed-specific promotions for Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas in April and May, respectively.

“We know that many of the homeless animals that we see in shelters are the offspring of beloved owned pets, so it is critical to spay and neuter all cats and dogs. It is also beneficial for the animal’s health, greatly reducing the incidences of cancer and minimizing an animal’s urge to roam away from home,” says Jennifer Lu, Communications Manager of the San Francisco SPCA.

“We have continued to grow the Spay/Neuter Clinic at the SF SPCA to increase the number of animals that we can serve each year. We are so proud to have reached our stretch goal of more than 9,000 animals this year, a 15% increase over last year, but we won’t stop here. This program will continue to grow. It is a priority for the San Francisco SPCA to end animal abandonment through community-wide spay/neuter programs. A key way to prevent animals from ending up in shelters is to start at the source to prevent unwanted litters in the first place. Our community outreach programs aim to raise awareness about the importance of spaying or neutering our community's dogs and cats. We want to ensure this vital service is accessible to all. Our promotional programs have provided incentives for people to take action immediately, and we will also continue to expand these programs,” says Dr. Jean Goh, Director of the San Francisco SPCA Spay/Neuter Clinic.

The Spay/Neuter Clinic at the San Francisco SPCA is part of the SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital at the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center. The non-profit SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital is a state-of-the-art facility providing excellent and caring treatment for privately owned animals as well as animals entering the re-homing shelter at the SF SPCA. The hospital is the second largest in the country and is equipped to offer everything from regular checkups to advanced diagnostics for cats and dogs. The experienced veterinary and support staff are trained in ultrasound, biopsies, endoscopy, radiology, dental services, behavior modification, and routine surgeries. The hospital also provides boarding and travel certificates. Utilizing the services of the SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital supports a pet’s health as well as the welfare of thousands of San Francisco animals, as all of the revenue supports the SF SPCA’s mission to save and protect animals.

For more information about San Francisco pet adoption, call the San Francisco SPCA at (415) 912-1742 or visit sfspca.org.