The Saint Louis Metropolitan Spay Neuter and Wellness Clinic began in August 2010 as a 501(c)3 non-profit for the purpose of establishing programs and policies that will decrease the number of unwanted dogs and cats euthanized in Saint Louis each year. Because of the proven effectiveness of low-cost spay/neuter clinics in other cities, we are certain it will work in our area. But, we need your help!
As the St. Louis Metropolitan area has a serious pet overpopulation problem, in which over 20,000 adoptable pets are euthanized annually, it is our goal to reduce this number dramatically, or eliminate euthanasia entirely as a solution to the problem.
Our primary objectives to achieve this goal:
Statistical analysis of the St. Louis Metro Animal Community shows that in 2009 shelters took in 52,000 pets, adopted out 13,000, returned or transferred out 19,000 pets and euthanized 23,000.
Knowing, through research that for each spay/neuter done; one less animal enters the shelters. Math would then suggest that a dramatic increase in spay/neuters will cause a significant reduction in euthanasias.
To initiate a much higher spay/neuter rate, a low cost high volume spay/neuter clinic will be established. Using models from other communities and the Humane Alliance, it is our goal to do at least 50 procedures daily after a brief ramp up period.
Initially, we will solicit pledges of funding, which when reaching a start up level (approximately $300,000) will initiate the start up phase of putting a surgery team together and locating a geographically strategic location.
It is our intent to use the Humane Alliance model and mentor program and visit their facilities in Asheville, North Carolina prior to opening for surgeries.
In addition, to add significant revenues, we will have a wellness clinic that will provide cursory vet checkups, vaccinations, licenses, and specialty products at reasonable costs. It is our intent to refer serious maladies to the local vet community.
With good guidance, quality management and adequate funding, the St. Louis Metropolitan Spay Neuter Wellness Clinic will dramatically reduce the use of euthanasia to control the pet population in our area.