Working together, we can end pet overpopulation in Virginia
Spay Virginia is a project of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies. Our goal is to work with shelters, local governments, rescue groups and private veterinarians to provide pet owners and caregivers in Virginia with access to convenient and affordable spay/neuter services. By spaying or neutering your pet, you may be giving your pet the gift of a healthier and happier life AND you will be preventing unwanted and unplanned litters of puppies and kittens from being added to the hundreds of dogs and cats already in Virginia shelters.
What Is Spaying/Neutering?
Spaying or neutering is also called “sterilization,” and sometimes is referred to as “fixing” your pet. When a female dog or cat is spayed, her uterus and ovaries are removed. When a male dog or cat is neutered, his testicles are removed. Both procedures are done under general anesthesia. Your pet may need to stay at the veterinarian’s office overnight, or may be able to come home the same day.
Spaying and neutering are routine and permanent procedures that reduce unwanted behavior in your pets and reduce or eliminate the risk of certain often fatal diseases – which makes both you and your pet happier.
Spaying or neutering your pet will also ensure that your pet does not contribute to the pet overpopulation problem by producing unwanted litters of puppies or kittens.
NOTE from our president, Debra Griggs:
I am writing to alert you to a very important meeting regarding the future for feral cats, TNR and colony caretakers in Virginia. If you represent an organization, I hope you will share this message with your members.
The Comprehensive Animal Care Laws Workgroup will meet 9/5/13 at 10 AM at the Richmond SPCA and the goal of the meeting is to craft potential policies affecting feral cats and TNR. It is critical that Workgroup members hear from the public that we want policies and laws that protect feral cats, their caregivers and legitimize TNR.
Here is how you can have a say in the matter:
- Come to the meeting and during the time of public comment speak up for the cats, their caretakers and TNR. If all you say is “Please legitimize TNR in Virginia”, and person after person makes such a statement, it will be powerful
Opponents of TNR are already making their views known to the Workgroup, and we cannot let their message prevail. The Workgroup needs to hear from residents from across Virginia that TNR is healthy for cats, works for shelters, and benefits the community at large.
If you are a TNR advocate and/or a caretaker and have ever felt threatened by anti-TNR policies, this is your chance to speak up and truly make a difference! Please, please, please act!
This Year, We’re Going All Out with Our National Feral Cat Day® Awards!
This National Feral Cat Day®, we’re on a mission to help animal shelters advance their policies and programs to save more cats. To accomplish this goal, we’ve ramped up our National Feral Cat Day®Challenge Awards Program and are specifically targeting shelters for the NFCD Challenge 2013.
In previous years, we’ve offered nonprofit organizations awards of $500 and $1,000, but this year, we will award five shelters with $5,000 each! We’ve increased the award money because we want to help shelters implement sustainable initiatives that will save cats’ lives now—and well into the future. To help them adopt lifesaving policies, we’re also offering support and guidance from Alley Cat Allies.
To qualify for this year’s NFCD Challenge Awards Program, shelters must commit to an official Feral Cat Protection Policy, which means that they stop impounding feral cats, and support Trap-Neuter-Return.
Find out more at http://nationalferalcatday.org/awards/. And ask your local shelter to apply for a National Feral Cat Day® Challenge Award! Applications are due on Friday, Sept. 20.
Alley Cat Allies
P.S. Don’t forget to register your National Feral Cat Day® 2013 event on our interactive event listing.Register today!