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ASPCA, Petsmart Charities Pledge $5.2M to Expand Spay/Neuter Services
Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Petsmart Charities reported they each will pledge $2.6 million to Humane Alliance in 2011 as part of a five-year commitment to expand low-cost spay/neuter services across the United States.

“Petsmart Charities and the ASPCA have been instrumental to the success of Humane Alliance,” said Quita Mazzina, executive director of the Humane Alliance, an Asheville, N.C.-based group that seeks to mentor organizations to open and operate strategically placed spay/neuter clinics. “Our continued partnership means that we can continue to provide the spay/neuter services that pets desperately need, as well as the high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter technique training for the veterinary community so that even more pets are sterilized every year.”

The combined $5.2 million will be distributed during the next five years “to help create thousands of sustainable spay/neuter surgical slots through capacity-building grants and training programs for veterinarians and clinic staff.”

Eighty such clinics are expected to open with the funding, adding to the nearly 70 clinics already open. Collectively, the clinics will provide up to 800,000 spay/neuter surgical slots, preventing an estimated 11 million births through 2013, according to the three groups.

The city of Asheville is one of 10 ASPCA Partnership Communities, and Humane Alliance has been instrumental in piloting ASPCA programs related to feral cats and effective spay/neuter mapping mechanisms which will benefit the county, according to the groups. <HOME>

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