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Spay/Neuter Program

We believe strongly in all the programs we offer through Friends for Life but by far the one that is helping more animals and their people is our Spay/Neuter Program. In 2004 our dedicated team of Spay/Neuter Schedulers, working with the participating veterinarians and their staff, spayed and neutered 1,244 dogs and cats in this community, our all time record. Since the program's inception in 2002 we have spayed and neutered over 3,000 animals. Animals whose guardians could not have had their pets altered without financial help are eligible for this program. We have been honored to receive six grants to date to fund our efforts, as well as raising a significant amount of funding from our supporters to keep the good work going. We are very proud of this program and the fact that thanks to the hard work of all involved, tens of thousands of unwanted animals will not be born. Here is more information about the program:

Friends for Life offers reduced cost spaying and neutering for both dogs and cats for low income individuals who cannot afford to have their animals altered without assistance. Call 442-5999 for more information or to register for this service.

Our Spay/Neuter team of dedicated volunteers works to arrange the appointments and in some cases transports the animals to and from the vet's office. These amazing women are the heart and soul of the Spay/Neuter program and deserve all the credit for the amazing numbers of animals altered since its inception.

Friends for Life also wants to thank our participating veterinarians who make this program possible by offering us special rates for their services. Their willingness to be part of the solution to the pet overpopulation problem in Humboldt County is deeply appreciated. Our wonderful veterinary services are provided by Animal Health and Surgery Center, Arcata Animal Hospital, Eureka Veterinary Hospital, Ferndale Veterinary, McKinleyville Animal Care Center, Myrtle Avenue Veterinary Clinic and Redwood Animal Hospital. Thank you all!

According to the San Francisco SPCA, a mother cat and her kittens can produce 420,000 more cats in just 7 years; a female dog and her puppies can produce 67,000 more dogs in just 6 years. Our best hope for ending the tragic animal overpopulation problem is widespread spaying and neutering. We began our low-cost spay/neuter program as a way to reduce the number of animals being born in Humboldt County in order to reduce the number of cats and dogs that are ultimately abandoned and/or killed.

This program
is working and it's saving the County, cities and the taxpayers a great deal of money. We are always seeking donations to fund this work. We cannot let the progress we are making slow down. It is our hope that in less than 10 years, working with other groups and the community, we can put an end to pet overpopulation. If you would like to be part of the solution, please consider donating to the FFL Spay/Neuter Program and make a real difference in the lives of animals in this community.

Copyright 2007, Friends for Life Animal Rescue, Inc.