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The Humane Society of Yuma has once again received grant funding from Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma for the Spay/Neuter program!
This past Tuesday, October 24th at the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma’s Heart of Yuma recognition event, it was announced that the Humane Society of Yuma was awarded $35,000 from the privately funded animal welfare fund, strictly for spay/neuter efforts in Yuma.
The Humane Society of Yuma’s mission is to reduce the number of homeless pets, and sterilization is one of the main methods in which we pursue our goal. In an effort to reduce the number of stray animals and unwanted litters entering our shelter, the granted funds will subsidize the cost of approximately 539 surgeries for pets belonging to families in Yuma County for whom the services would otherwise present too great a financial burden. While there are no mandates requiring pets to be sterilized, the state of Arizona requires that all animals adopted from shelters be spayed or neutered before being rehomed. We encourage everyone in the community to also do their part in reducing the number of homeless pets by having their animals sterilized, and we do everything in our power to provide them with an avenue to acquire those services. The funds that have been received goes directly to subsidize surgery costs for the public and will not be used for funding for the homeless or adopted animals.
In 2016, the Humane Society of Yuma’s Clinic performed 4,789 surgeries; of which, 1,318 animals were owned pets. This year we estimate that number to be over 5,000. Additionally, we project to perform over 1,500 surgeries for owned pets in the community. Again, we encourage the public to sterilize their pets and HSOY’s clinic exists as a low-cost option to do so. It is with the donations from the community and grants, such as this one, we receive that makes these low cost services possible.
The Humane Society of Yuma is making our spay/neuter program a priority. Not only have we increased our capacity for surgeries, we have also made the appointment process available online.