As “National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month” continues and with “World SpayDay” set for Tuesday, February 28, Warren-based All About Animals Rescue, the largest nonprofit, low-cost, spay and neuter clinic in Michigan, is preparing to bring their surgeons directly into area communities with a brand-new, soon-to-be unveiled mobile surgical unit – the very first of its kind in southeast Michigan.
The new, $300,000 37-foot state-of-the-art, fully-equipped mobile surgical unitwill allow veterinarians to spay and neuter dogs and cats on-site throughout the City of Detroit, set to officially debut this spring. “Our ultimate mission is to promote responsible pet owner behavior and ensure every dog and cat has a home,” said Catherine Garrett, All About Animals Rescue’s Director of Development & Marketing. “Eliminating the worsening problem of stray and abandoned animals, overcrowded shelters and, staggeringly high euthanasia rates begins with basic spaying and neutering. This can be done when an animal is at least 8 weeks old and weighs more than 2 lbs.” The new vehicle will augment All About Animals Rescue’s two transport units operating in Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties, as well as Flint and Marine City. The current mobile units pick up pets from a predetermined location and then drop them back off after sterilization procedures have been conducted at the Warren center.
Each year, more than 100,000 animals are put to death in Michigan animal shelters, while nationally 6 out of 10 dogs and 7 out of 10 cats that temporarily reside in shelters are killed. Moreover, with an unseasonably warm winter and a proliferation of abandoned and foreclosed homes, birth rates of strays are on the rise.
A grant from PetSmart Charities is helping to fund further discounted $20 spay procedures for female cats with the “Beat the Heat” program throughout February. All About Animals Rescue is also subsidizing neuter procedures for male cats throughout the month.
Added Garrett: “It is vital that we fight these birth and euthanasia trends, which are often fueled by a range of socioeconomic challenges. Our new mobile capabilities and low-cost options are a step in the right direction. They will provide area communities from across southeast Michigan with new, tangible resources and options.”
Posted by Erin Rose at 2:32 PM