By Kevin Ryan
I don’t know about you, but I like numbers.
I like the way information is expressed when done numerically. I like descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, trend analyses, percentages and I like graphs. I am a nerd.
In animal welfare, we collect a lot of data. We analyze it and look for successes to celebrate and where to seek improvement. At Nevada Humane Society (NHS), we continually search for ways to expand the impact of our mission.
Many organizations operate like this, from national organizations to local nonprofits like NHS. Sometimes data leads us toward the idea that a local problem requires a specialized solution. Sometimes data suggests a universal fix for a widespread issue. I use the word “fix” somewhat tongue-in-check as it leads me to my point.
I know spaying/neutering works. It is the most profound and substantiated way to end the overpopulation of companion animals.
For me, the most poignant numerical reality is this: as noted on the ASPCA’s website “every year, 3 to 4 million rejected cats and dogs—of all ages—are euthanized in the U.S. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.” It’s that simple. (At NHS, we save all healthy and treatable animals.) Only 10% of animals received by shelters are spayed or neutered.
There is any number of powerful reasons to spay/neuter your pet. It reduces the risk of your pet developing uterine or ovarian cancers, pyometritis, and testicular or mammary cancers. It can reduce marking behaviors, fighting, the likelihood of contracting communicable diseases, and decreasing the urge to roam or runaway. Yet, for me, the best reason is simple: it saves lives.
In Washoe County, our reality is far different than the national experience. Last year, our community saved more than 93% of the animals that entered our shelters.
There are a host of reasons why we are able to save so many and many people work diligently to make it that way, though unquestionably one of our most powerful interventions has been our spay and neuter efforts.
The data is clear: Both nationally and here at home, spay/neuter programs are essential to reducing pet overpopulation.
Please get your pets spay/neutered, urge friends and family to spay/neuter their pets, engage in feral trap/neuter/return programs. In short, be part of a simple solution to a heartbreaking problem. Call your veterinarian, NHS, or the SPCA of Northern Nevada today.
Happy Neuter Year – Start your pet’s year right! Get your male dog or cat fixed for just $20 this January at Nevada Humane Society. Unplanned litters create millions of pets with no place to call home—during Happy Neuter Year Nevada Humane Society will help you get your male pet neutered for a special, reduced fee! Book your appointment today at Nevada Humane Society by calling 775-856-2000. Happy Neuter Year is funded by PetSmart Charities.
Beat the Heat – Get your female cat fixed for just $20 this February because unplanned litters create millions of pets with no place to call home. Cats can have litters 3 times a year. Call Nevada Humane Society at 775-856-2000 ext 333. Funded by PetSmart Charities.