PET OVERPOPULATION means destroying thousands of dogs and cats each year.
- Approximately 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the U.S. each day.
- An estimated 25 MILLION of these dogs and cats are left homeless each year.
- At least 17 MILLION dog and cats are destroyed yearly in shelters.
- An estimated 7 to 11 MILLION of these homeless animals die a painful death from starvation, disease, traps, exposure and at the wheels of motor vehicles.
Too many puppies and kittens — not enough homes. In metro Atlanta alone, approximately 166 dogs and cats are destroyed each day at local shelters. We can only estimate the number of other homeless animals that die of starvation, disease, or on our streets.
Widespread spay/neuter can significantly reduce he number of homeless animals. This is a humane alternative to the “impound and destroy” system used by animal control agencies.
To increase the number of spayed and neutered dogs and cats in Georgia by operating a Financial Assistance Program for individuals needing help.
SpayGeorgia provides financial assistance to enable pet owners to purchase spay or neuter services. Veterinarians participating in our program offer a reduced spay or neuter fee to individuals receiving SpayGeorgia ‘s assistance. The final cost to the pet owner is reduced because of the combined financial assistance and reduced vet fees.
Pet owners purchase certificates directly from SpayGeorgia. Participating veterinarians redeem these certificates. All financial transactions are between the consumer and SpayGeorgia. Certificates are honored for six months.
SpayGeorgia needs YOUR help to reduce the number of dogs and cats destroyed each day!
Our success depends on your support.
All contributions are tax deductible.
Why Spay or Neuter?
- To end pet overpopulation –
About 70,000 cats and kittens are born daily in the U.S.
Approximately 60% are killed in shelters.
Here at home, an average of 166 healthy pets are killed each day in Metro Atlanta shelters.
By spaying and neutering your pets, you can help reduce the need for more animal shelters – there by saving tax dollars.
- To improve your pet’s health –
Neutering a male cat or dog by six months of age prevents testicular cancer, prostate disease, and hernias.
Spaying a female cat or dog prevents pyometra (an infected uterus) and breast cancer. Having this done before the first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
Breast cancer is fatal in about 50% of female dogs and 90% of female cats.
With an older, seriously ill animal, anesthesia and surgery are complicated and costly.
- To improve your pet’s behavior –
In female cats and dogs, spaying eliminates “heat” periods, which include bloody discharges in dogs, and frantic pacing and wailing in both dogs and cats.
Neutering male dogs and cats usually stops them from spraying foul-smelling urine, stops embarrassing mounting behavior, reduces their aggressiveness, and reduces their desire to roam far and wide in search of a mate.
- To reduce expenses –
Owners of unneutered male cats and dogs often incur large veterinary bills as a result of fighting with other animals or getting hit by a car as they search for a mate.
Owners of unspayed female cats and dogs must care for mothers who have difficult pregnancies and should start the kittens’ or puppies’ shots.
In many locations, owners of spayed or neutered cats and dogs receive a discount on local licensing fees.
- To improve the community –
Homeless animals eliminate in neighborhood yards, pass diseases, spread fleas and flea eggs, fight and mate loudly in the middle of the night, turn over trash cans, and otherwise disrupt quiet, community life.
Tax dollars are needlessly spent on euthanasia and other controls intended to eliminate these problems.
How does SpayGeorgia’s Spay/Neuter Program Work?
More than 110 veterinary clinics in Georgia have generously agreed to provide spaying and neutering services at a substantially reduced cost.
The end result is that pet rescuers and caretakers who need financial assistance can have their pets spayed or neutered for about half of the normal cost.
Who can obtain a low-cost Spay/Neuter Certificate?
No screening procedures are required in order to obtain a low-cost certificate from SpayGeorgia.
Anyone who needs financial assistance in order to spay or neuter their pets can purchase up to six certificates in a six-month period.
The number of certificates that are available is limited, because of limited SpayGeorgia funds.
What about SpayGeorgia’s Educational Programs?
SpayGeorgia believes that education is the key to ending the cycle of “impound and kill” as a method of controlling pet overpopulation.
Our humane education volunteers teach both children and adults the importance of kindness to animals and responsible pet care.
The adult program is appropriate for civic social, and professional groups. Pet overpopulation degrades the quality of life in our communities, and is quite costly to taxpayers.
What SpayGeorgia is NOT!
SpayGeorgia is not a humane society and is not associated with any humane society. We cannot accept animals for foster care.