In honor of World Spay Day on February 28th, the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County and presenting sponsor Germantown Animal Welfare League announce Spay in the City, a new month-long event to raise awareness about the importance of controlling the pet overpopulation problem by spaying and neutering pets.
The Germantown Animal Welfare League recently relinquished their 501 (c) 3 status, and as their last charitable contribution to animal welfare, donated all funds to the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County. In addition to Spay in the City, their generous donation will sponsor HSMSC’s laboratory, including a micro-hematocrit machine, an IV infusion pump, and a pulse/oxygen monitor. Remaining funds from the donation will go toward general operations and medical supplies. The newly renamed Germantown Animal Welfare League Laboratory will be a testament to their dedication to medically helping our injured, neglected, and abused animals.
“Germantown Animal Welfare League is proud to support the Spay in the City event and to partner with HSMSC. Our mission statement has been to promote the welfare and well-being of animals and help those who cannot help themselves. We feel there is no greater need in Memphis and Shelby County than to help control the pet population and correspondingly reduce the number of animals in our local shelters.” – Judy Shore, GAWL Vice President and Secretary
Throughout the month of February, Project STOP (Solving the Overpopulation Problem) will coordinate various educational events, as well as a low-cost vaccine clinic on February 18. Project STOP concentrates on assisting Memphis & Shelby County residents who receive government assistance (such as food stamps, social security, disability, etc.) to make spaying and neutering affordable and accessible. Through this initiative, unwanted pet pregnancies are prevented and shelter intake numbers drop. Currently, Project STOP operates Fido Fixers Memphis, a mobile spay/neuter clinic, and holds low-cost vaccination clinics 2-3 times per year. In 2016, nearly 1,500 surgeries were performed on the mobile unit, and over 1,200 of those were for pet owners on assistance or for other 501(c)3 rescue organizations. If you think you qualify for this program, call 901-937-3918 or go to our website to schedule an appointment.
Additionally, HSMSC administrates a $50 spay/neuter voucher program with the cooperation of six local veterinary offices: Cordova Animal Hospital, Eastgate Animal Clinic, Getwell Animal Hospital, Memphis Animal Clinic, Northgate Animal Clinic, Park Avenue Animal Hospital, and Day and Night Animal Hospital. Vouchers can be purchased at HSMSC’s front desk anytime during business hours.
During the week of February 28 to March 3, Project STOP will partner with a number of TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) groups to put on a spay/neuter event for feral and community cats in honor of World Spay Day, an international campaign of The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International.
If you would like to support HSMSC’s lifesaving mission of controlling the pet population, shirts to promote this special cause are available during the month of February for a $35 donation, with proceeds covering the costs of one spay/neuter. Visit the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County at 935 Farm Road to purchase one.