Many dog owners consider their dogs to be a family member.
These dogs go for car rides, have comfy beds, get special treats
and go on family vacations. However, not all dogs experience
this lifestyle. It has been said that there are more
dogs living on the streets and in shelters than there are living
comfortably in homes.
Here is an American statistic, but it gives paws for
There are between 2,000-3,500 cats and dogs born every hour
compared to only 415 humans born every hour.
It is easy to understand why the number of homeless animals is
Adoption is the most readily available short-term solution to
the overpopulation crisis, but adoption only improves the lives of
a small number of the current population. The long term
solution is spay/neuter programs. To see spay/neuter programs
take off first there needs to be geographic and monetarily
accessible programs and second there needs to be an understanding
of the problem and the solution.
During the summer of 2013, hart was able to develop and trial a
new component of our SNIP (Spays and Neuters in Partnership)
Program which allowed us to transport 3 dogs to a vet partner each
week for spays/neuters. This program will continue into the
fall, until the weather prohibits spay/neuter and
We are thrilled to have this addition to our SNIP Program so
that we can continue to contribute to the humane control of the