Urban Transport Program spays/neuters pets in targeted areas
What is the number one reason pet owners in our region do not spay or neuter their pets? Lack of finances, according to a survey by PetSmart Charities, the nation's largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America.
"If you have to choose between feeding your pets or getting them spayed or neutered, you're going to choose to feed them first," says Emily Clement, director of the S.N.I.P. Clinic.
Unfortunately, for far too many pets, that means unplanned litters are born—causing even more financial stress on pet owners and unnecessary suffering on animals.
"As part of our proactive solution to ending pet homelessness, the Kentucky Humane Society is committed to removing barriers that prevent people from altering their pets," Emily says. "That includes providing financial assistance and free pet transportation to our clinic."
In July the KHS S.N.I.P. Clinic launched its Urban Transport Program, funded by a generous two-year grant from PetSmart Charities Inc. In the program's first two years, it will concentrate on pets living in the 40214 and 40215 zip codes—areas with the highest number of owned and stray animals turned in to the Kentucky Humane Society or Louisville Metro Animal Services, the city's public animal shelter. In particular, the program targets owned cats, pit bull terrier dogs and pit mixes in these zip codes.
"Pit bull dogs and cats are our city's most at-risk animal populations for ending up in area shelters because there are so many of them," says Urban Transport Coordinator La' Monica Y. Jackson.
"This program makes it easy for pet owners to get their pets spayed or neutered, which will reduce the number of pets turned into shelters. Also, altered pets are healthier, happier and have fewer behavioral issues than unaltered pets."
All cats and dogs in these two zip codes qualify for free transportation to and from the S.N.I.P. Clinic. All owned cats and pit bulls/pix mixes from these areas are spayed or neutered at no cost, thanks to the PetSmart Charities grant. All other dog breeds in 40214 and 40215 qualify for financial assistance to help pay for the surgeries.
Urban transports occur on Mondays and alternate between Iroquois Park on New Cut Road, Wynadotte Park on Taylor Boulevard, and Shively Park on Dixie Highway. Pets are transported to the S.N.I.P. Clinic to receive their surgeries and are returned to the pick-up site the following day.