Successful spay neuter programs mansfield1

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Successful spay neuter programs mansfield1

  1. 1. Cate Mansfield Executive Director The Humane Society of the United States Animal Care Expo May 9, 2013
  2. 2. To end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable cats and dogs "No other disease or condition of companion animals takes as many lives as euthanasia. In fact, no other disease comes close." -Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, MPH, Ph.D
  3. 3. Opened January 2005 Located in Harrisonburg, VA Population: 125,000 Over 110,000 surgeries to date
  4. 4. High Quality, High Volume Spay Neuter (HQHVSN)- protocols to maintain standards of care Proactive not reactive Makes a distinctive impact Effectively delivers on mission
  5. 5. Physical space to accommodate entire feral cat colonies and large dogs Flexibility with admission and discharge time Patients are able to return for exams as needed Lower cost per surgery than some other models
  6. 6. Over 110,000 surgeries performed SVSNC Rate: .05% Average in Private Practice: 1.2% Pollari FL, et al. Postoperative complications of elective surgeries in dogs and cats determined by examining electronic and medical records. JAVMA 1996; 208: 1882-1886
  7. 7. Feral and outdoor cats Organizations that do not neuter before release Guardians that do not spay/neuter
  8. 8. Gift Pet Store Stray Shelter Breeder Giveaway
  9. 9. Pit Fix Aidan’s Friends Fund Feline Fund Spay It Forward TNR trap loan program
  10. 10. Decreasing or eliminating barriers • • • • Perception of affordable clinics Income restrictions Vaccination or testing requirements Accessibility and transportation Educating the public • When to spay/neuter: “Fix at 4” • The definition of euthanasia • Rate of euthanasia at local shelters
  11. 11. Over 50% of pets are from accidental litters Targeting young, female dogs and cats is key Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Fix at 4 Campaign Ad
  12. 12. Collaborative project Tool for better understanding shelter intake Identify and target “at risk” cats and dogs Assist with better decision making
  13. 13. 5000 4500 4000 3500 3000 Total Intake 2500 Euthanasia Surgeries 2000 1500 1000 500 0 2005' 2006' 2007' 2008' 2009' 2010' 2011'
  14. 14. 12000 10000 8000 Intake 6000 Euthanasia Surgeries 4000 2000 0 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
  15. 15. Public admission 7:30 - 8 am Transport arrives 8:30 - 9:30 am Public discharge 3 -4 pm Transport discharged following morning
  16. 16. Admission is open to everyone regardless of income or place of residency All animals receive pain medicine and general anesthesia Re-examinations are offered at no charge All trapped cats receive a left ear tip
  17. 17. Juvenile spay/neuter • 2 lbs., 8 weeks for shelter animals • 2 lbs., 14 weeks for animals that have a guardian No upper age limit • Pre-operative blood testing and comprehensive exam is recommended for animals over 8 years of age Flexibility with aggressive and special needs dogs
  18. 18.  Extends geographic reach of clinic to 120 miles
  19. 19. Help raise awareness Reach target population Monthly invoicing for established clients Scheduling appointments
  20. 20. Market research Evaluate cost vs. need Staff Equipment
  21. 21.  Vehicles  Personnel  Communication  Customer service
  22. 22. Remember…
  23. 23. Cate Mansfield Tel: 540.437.1980 Email: cate@spayandneuterclinic.org Website: www.spayandneuterclinic.org

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