This is to thank everyone who has helped the Peninsula Spay/Neuter Fund over the last year. With the help of Jane Stein and Bridges Community Resources, I started the Fund on October 28, 2011 with a name, an idea and $100. After working at a local Veterinary Clinic for more than 10 years and volunteering at the Kenai Animal Shelter for two, I realized I had to do something to get to the root of the problem of the hundreds of homeless/abandoned/neglected animals on the Peninsula — uncontrolled/unplanned breeding and unneutered/unspayed dogs and cats.
With the help of Homer Animal Friends, Anchorage Friends of Pets, our local Shelters and Veterinary Clinics, I developed a program I believed would work in our community. On Feb. 15, 2012 the Fund issued its first coupon providing financial assistance to an owner who could not afford, on their own, to have their dog spayed. As of Feb. 15, 2013, the Fund has assisted with 70 dog spays, 38 dog neuters, 42 cat spays and 40 cat neuters.
We are making a difference, but due to the fact that in 6 years one female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies, and in 7 years one female cat and her young can produce 420,000 cats, we have a lot more to do.
The Fund has been successful because the community has supported our program and fundraising efforts beyond my greatest expectations, owners have stepped up to have their animals spayed or neutered, and the amazing group of Volunteers who have dedicated their time, energy, talents and yes, dollars, to make sure every request for assistance to have a dog or cat spayed or neutered could be fulfilled. This is a problem that has a solution — we can have a Shelter where, when life takes a turn and someone can no longer keep their pet, they can bring their dog or cat knowing there is a very good chance a new and loving home will be found — because a home is available. Getting a pet should be a well thought out decision and worth waiting for that special dog or cat that is already here and in need of a home.
Beyond offering financial assistance the Fund is dedicated to educating and increasing awareness of the problem on the Peninsula. We’ll be at the Saturday Market in Kenai again this year selling items local “artisans” have donated to the Fund and at community festivals/events. Stop by to just say hi and let us know you support what we are doing — it is always appreciated.