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San Diego Humane Society sets out to alleviate pet overpopulation

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA is launching new, accessible spay/neuter programs for the San Diego community. These resources provide subsidized or affordable spay/neuter surgeries to individuals who meet the eligibility requirements based on income.

The program also aims to target specific animal populations that are at the highest risk for overpopulation, like pit bulls and feral cats.

“Lack of accessible or affordable spay neuter surgeries is at the core of our national pet overpopulation problem,” said Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA. "That’s why we’ve made it our mission to put accessible spay and neuter services as our highest priority with a goal of at least 5,000 of our community’s animals altered by June 30th 2013."

One of the first to take advantage of this new service was San Diego resident, Vince Crick, and his 7-month old cat, Mew.

"Cost is a factor, so I wouldn’t have been able to get Mew neutered without an affordable option," said Crick. "I’m very appreciative of the San Diego Humane Society. This is a fantastic resource for the community."

The San Diego Humane Society currently offers the following spay/neuter resources:

Spay/Neuter Clinics

- Designed to provide affordable and accessible spay/neuter opportunities five days/week based on financial need. The fees for spay/neuter range from $30-$75, depending on the type/sex of the animal. In addition to this service the following targeted spay/neuter services are offered:

- Pit Bull Clinic: Free, public spay/neuter for pit bull/pit bull mixed breeds (8-weeks or older) based upon financial need.

- Project KEPPT Clinic: Free, public spay/neuter service, based on financial need for animals 20 pounds or less.

- ECAR Clinic: Offered in partnership with East County Animal Rescue’s (ECAR) Trap Neuter Return (TNR) program for cats (not open to the public).

Litter Abatement Program (LAP)

- Free public spay/neuter service for those who:

- Are relinquishing a litter of puppies or kittens (from their pet);

- Have found a stray litter of kittens and are able to capture the stray parent animal(s).

Spay/Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP)
Available for the Cities of Oceanside and Vista only.

Provides affordable spay/neuter services for stray animals brought to the San Diego Humane Society and reclaimed by their owner. For these animals, the reclaim fee is waived ($170) if the owner allows us to spay/neuter the animal for the cost of the surgery ($50). Only offered at our North Campus location.

“This tremendous endeavor represents our efforts in a community-based movement called Spay San Diego, which was developed earlier this year. It’s a collaboration that’s dedicated to helping the community locate affordable and low-cost assistance to spay and neuter their pets,” Dr. Weitzman said.

For eligibility, call the San Diego Humane Society at 619-299-7012. For more information and spay/neuter resources, click HERE.

About the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA

Serving San Diego County since 1880, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. The Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care and educate the community on the humane treatment of animals.

As one of San Diego’s oldest nonprofit organizations, the Humane Society has campuses in both San Diego and Oceanside and is supported solely through contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from the Muttique retail store, and small fees for services.