Nashville is in the midst of a pet overpopulation crisis. This problem is solvable.
We have spent the past few years researching and talking to leaders in other cities and we discovered that it is possible to save 80-90% of our shelter animals. But we are lacking 11,000 – 15,000 spay/neuter surgeries per year to achieve the same result.
We are leading Nashville to the next step – the most powerful way to save shelter animals: opening a high volume, high quality, low cost, spay/neuter clinic.
Pet Community Center Spay/Neuter Clinic
Goal: Open spring 2014
Location: To be announced. East Nashville area – looking at areas with high number of stray/free roaming animals and high number of animal control complaints.
Spaying and neutering is the most cost effective and powerful way to save our animals. High volume spay/neuter and targeting high-risk animals can reduce shelter intake by a minimum of 10% annually. The average cost to care for an animal in a shelter can range any where from $150 - $250 per animal. The average cost to spay/neuter one animal at our clinic will be near $50.
We are a privately operated non-profit organization, but by investing in our programs, you will help lower shelter intake and euthanasia at our local shelters, which will save more animals across the city.
Humane Alliance model clinic
We have been accepted into a prestigious spay/neuter clinic mentoring program through the Humane Alliance called the National Spay Neuter Response Team. We will be using their high quality protocols and will be trained by the leading experts in the spay/neuter field.
Most Humane Alliance model clinics track how many of their clients have taken their pet to a veterinary clinic before. 70-80% of clients have never taken their pet to a veterinarian before, so we know these types of programs are reaching the animals that need this service the most.
Our clinic will be staffed by a licensed veterinarian and professional staff. Our high quality procedures will be subsidized by grants and donations that will help us offer lower prices for animals who would never otherwise see a veterinarian.
Why don’t more people fix their pets?
In 2010, PetSmart Charities, a leading authority in animal welfare, conducted a national scientific study on the barriers to spaying/neutering pets. The study found three primary factors:
· Knowledge of when to spay/neuter (at or before 4 months old)
With low-cost services, transportation and convenient operating hours, the clinic can address common barriers and become truly accessible to create a meaningful impact. Through educational outreach we can help more people understand the importance of spaying and neutering early.
Volume is another important factor. Our first year goal will be 8,000 surgeries, and we hope to work up to 11,000 within three years.
Special marketing and outreach efforts will target areas where there are high rates of animal control complaints, abandoned animals and other welfare concerns. Statistical information about the animals entering the shelter will guide our targeting practices.
While the clinic will be open to dogs and cats of all sizes, the clinic will target certain populations such as feral cats. This population is woefully underserved and is one of the biggest contributing factors to overpopulation. 90% of feral cats are not fixed and 80% of all kittens originate from a feral cat. This is the biggest opportunity we have to make a difference in the cat population. The program will also provide services for large dogs, one of the most frequently euthanized dog groups in shelters and the producers of the largest litters. Large dogs are also the most expensive to fix.
We also plan to add a transportation service to aid clients who do not have access to transportation, further ensuring that the animals most in need will have access to our services.
Funds from this campaign will help us with expenses related to doing renovations to the building to make it work for a spay/neuter clinic. It will also help purchase office equipment, help cover staff training, and establish a financial aid fund for targeted animals.
We also expect to raise funds through foundation grants to help with equipment and supply purchases. Those funds will not reflect in this indiegogo campaign.
Thank you for supporting this campaign. Every dollar will get us closer to saving more animals. No gift is too small and even more importantly – please share this campaign with other people who care about animals.
Your gift is extremely important because with your help we hope our new spay/neuter clinic will serve 8,000 animals in 2014. Imagine the impact this will have!
You can help us reach more animals. Please consider making a gift as generous as you can. It will make a world of difference to the animals.