"FACE clinic helps save pets’ lives and tax dollars
FACE Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic is joining a nationwide effort to bring awareness to the importance of having pets spayed or neutered. On Tuesday, Feb. 27, the clinic will take part in “Spay Day,” a nationwide event that takes place each year on the last Tuesday of February.
Spay Day USA is America’s first and only national day of action to promote the spaying or neutering of pets. During Spay Day USA, veterinarians and their staff, animal welfare professionals, business owners and citizens join forces nationwide to provide spay/neuter services and to promote spay/neuter as an essential component of good pet health care, as well as an effective and humane means of decreasing the euthanasia of homeless animals in shelters.
Created by the Doris Day Animal League in 1995, Spay Day USA became a program of the Humane Society of the United States when DDAL combined operations with the HSUS in 2006.
During Spay Day USA’s first 12 years, participants spayed or neutered an estimated 1,366,000 animals. When you consider that an unspayed cat can give birth to 18 kittens each year and an unspayed dog can give birth to 20 puppies each year, and that the average cost for shelters to handle each homeless animal is $176, it’s clear that Spay Day USA participants have, potentially, prevented millions of surplus births and saved millions of taxpayers’ dollars.
The idea behind Spay Day is carried out throughout the year by the FACE Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic. Several years ago, FACE came to the people of Indianapolis with a simple but dramatic proposal. FACE said that a high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic was long overdue in Indianapolis, and would be much in demand. Founder Scott Robinson predicted that within three to five years of FACE opening, the number of animals entering and dying in local shelters would begin to drop dramatically. And it has.
Opening in March of 1999, the FACE Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic has performed more than 80,000 spays or neuters for little or no charge. Because of the efforts of groups like FACE, fewer animals are dying.
Twenty-two thousand dogs and cats were euthanized at either the Humane Society of Indianapolis or Indianapolis Animal Control in the year 2000. That number dropped by more than 2,500 animals in the next two years. Intake and euthanasia numbers then increased slightly over the next 12 months but again declined in 2004 and 2005. Last year, the number of cats and dogs euthanized in Indianapolis dropped to 15,000.
The numbers are dramatic. Fewer animals are dying because fewer are being born into a community that has no homes for them. More are being adopted from shelters because there are fewer dogs and cats in the community to compete with them for homes. Spay Day and the ongoing efforts of FACE are meant to reduce the pet overpopulation crisis and the number of homeless pets. For more information go to www.facespayneuter.org.