Spay and Neuter on a budget Dr Jeffrey young graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in1989. He established Planned Pethood Plus, Inc (PPP) in 1990. PPP is best know for its low-cost mobile neutering services, Native American Reservation work, and training ofveterinarians from around the world in more efficient surgical techniques. Dr. Young hasserved on numerous Humane Society boards and has been an advisor from mobile surgicalunits all across America. He has also founded his own non-profit group called PlannedPethood International. Planned Pethood International was established to help fund spay/neuterwork and veterinary training from it’s new state of the art veterinary hospitals in Bratislava,Slovakia and Merida, Mexico. Dr. Young believes his humane ethics come from being anAnimal Control Officer during his veterinary college training. He is most proud of havingpersonally sterilized over 165,000 animals in the last 20 years, and he is an outspokenproponent of early age neutering for companion animal population control. Dr. Young isdriven by a simple underlying mission “to significantly reduce companion animaloverpopulation throughout the world.” “Think Globally Act Locally “
The Only Real Solution to Companion Animal Overpopulation. Paradigm shift in social attitudes.No euthanasia of Dogs and Cats will behealthy, adoptable valued as trueanimals. companion animals.
Economics 101: Supply vs. Demand Dogs VS CatsReproduce only to enhance Spay/neuter all surplus andthe breed, allow only the best non-breed standard animals.of breed to reproduce, homes All adoptable animals mustsecured in advance. be neutered prior to adoption.
Human Education and Animal Legislation Government Agencies Animal Control Environmental Behavioral sociologyModification and counseling Addressing Educational Humanitarians Animal Abuse Institutions Friend Supply vs Demand Veterinary Profession Humane Organizations Foe Lower the Standard
The Cold Harsh Facts Between 30 – 60 % of adopting owners Do Not abide by spay/neuter contracts. Humane Societies provide 25-30 % of companion animals to households each year. Dogs are 15 X and Cats 45 X more prolific than Humans. There is around 80 million dogs and 86 million cats and countless millions feral/stray cats in America. 85 + % of cats and 70 + % of dogs in households today have been neutered, but about 20 % produce at least one litter prior to being sterilized.
Humane Organizations Must be the Leaders Warehousing companion animals will never solve overpopulation. Must have active educational campaigns. Must not except euthanasia as the cornerstone of population control. Must confront and educate the veterinary profession. Must invest in behavioral modification and counseling. Must promote and advocate for prepubertal neutering. Must have a successful spay/neuter program. Must spay/neuter all companion animals prior to adoption. Must have an active feral/stray cat program. Our feline friends average 2.1 litters/year and 4.5 kittens per litter 70% rule
Creating a Neutering Brigade, While Meeting Humane Obligations Can organize events.“Regional Captains” every Can approach local contacts.area has “animal people”find them, use them, Can pinpoint problem areas.empower them. Can provide an educational network. Can help with fundraising. Can be a political force. Can work with local veterinarians.
Minimizing Overhead WhileMaximizing Long Term Goals How many animals can you warehouse per year? How many animals can you spay/neuter per year? What impact are you having in your community? Money is limited so spend your $ $ Wisely.
Limited Funds Require Each Humane Organization to Reflect on How to Best Spend Their Money, to Achieve Their Desired Goals• Behavioral modification and counseling provided.• Adoption Facility- foster homes.• Peter Kiraly The Rex Educational programs. Foundation• Legislative Initiatives. (Dog Shelter Hungary)• Stationary neuter clinic.• Traditional Mobile unit.• Task Force Mobile set-up.• Combinations.
Be Aware !!• Money spent on warehousing animals is money not going into a spay/neuter program.• You must decide on your priorities and the less money available to you the more this is true.• Warehousing of companion animals doesn’t reduce over population and is not usually in the long term interest of the individual animal. THERE ARE THINGS WORSE THAN DEATH!!
You Have A Facility: Mobile Or Stationary Were Are Your Every Day Costs.• The Veterinarian• Anesthetics• Surgical Equipment• Suture Material• Surgical Tables• Sterilization Equipment• The Extras• The Support Staff
The Veterinarian • Must develop good surgical technique • Not be afraid of criticism • Be involved in educational campaigns • Should believe in the cause
Good Surgical Technique Allows For Early Age Neutering.
Anesthesia• Is only as good as the person using it• Anesthesia is always to effect• Golden Rule of Injectable anesthetics : Once you give it, you can’t take it back, but you can always give more• When in Rome do as the Romans do
Surgical Equipment• High quality vs Economy grade• Monitoring equipment:- does it effect the outcome ?
The Support Staff• One good technician is worth a veterinarian- Another limiting factor for large amounts of surgeries• 2 support staff per veterinarians is usually minimum
You Must Customize To Your Needs • But the basic principles remains the same • Learn from other peoples mistakes
Know Your Cost Per Animal• A basic principal to remember:- if you are loosing 1 cent per surgery, doing more surgeries does not make you more money
Key Points• Good Surgical Technique• Better Sterilization And Sanitation• Less Reactive Suture Material Is Best• Good Support Staff Mandatory• Know your cost so you can Maximize your outcome and have the greatest effect• When in Rome do as the Romans do , If you are traveling, you can almost always do a good job with what is locally available• You are smarter than you think you are, You can do more than you think you can
Jeff Young D.V.M. Planned Pethood Plus Inc. 4170 Tennyson St. Denver, CO 80212 720-937-5082 email@example.com Plannedpethoodplus.comMontanaspayneutertaskforce.org