The JDHF Spay / Neuter Program provides free or subsidized spay / neuter surgery, vaccination and microchipping services to residents of designated zip-codes and low-income areas.
Statistically, animals are more likely to enter shelters from lower income areas as owners are often unable to afford to have their companion pets spayed and neutered. Furthermore, they often do not have the means to care for any puppies or kittens that are born unexpectedly and inevitably these animals end up in the shelter system.
Accidents happen when they are least expected and spay / neuter is perfect birth control.
The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation is dedicated to animal advocacy and one of the key tenets of the organization is our commitment to work directly to address the pet population crisis in the United States.
Accessible and affordable spay / neuter programs represent the most effective solution to this problem and also form the central component of our Compassion Revolution campaign.
67,000 puppies can be born from a female dog and her offspring in seven years and 420,000 kittens from a female cat and her offspring in just six years.
Given the geometric progression of population growth, every animal we fix today saves tens, then hundreds, then thousands of animals from our shelter system of tomorrow and every dollar spent today saves taxpayers from far greater expense in the future.
Our spay and neuter initiatives also help to pay for the cost of fixing shelter animals that are saved by qualified rescue groups. By covering this expenditure, more animals can be rescued and adopted because the cost to an organization of getting an animal out of the shelter system is significantly reduced.
Spaying and neutering also has a number of additional benefits for the health of our companion pets, reducing the risk of certain cancers, the desire to spray or mark territory and the desire to roam.
Training & Education
We also provide training and education programs to support our spay and neuter initiatives. These courses inform the public about local no cost or low cost spay / neuter services, laws applicable to pet ownership, the availability of low cost veterinary care and the grim reality of relinquishing a pet to a municipal shelter. Additionally, topics such as the integration of the pet into the family, positive reinforcement training, house breaking and proper dog socialization are also explained.
For example, The Learn To Be A Best Friend program administered by the Animal Advocates Alliance is a pilot scheme subsidized by the JDHF at Morgan Park in Los Angeles County, that provides complimentary basic pet obedience training. We believe it is a crucial program as many pet owners surrender their animals to shelters with alleged behavioral issues that may be easily corrected with simple training techniques.
The financial burden to the taxpayer of sheltering, feeding, treating, housing and killing so many animals every year far outweighs the economic impact of implementing targeted publicly funded spay / neuter programs that address the cause of the overpopulation problem at source. Consequently, not only are the current policies of many states across the country morally reprehensible they are also financially irresponsible.
You can help end unnecessary suffering by having your animal spayed or neutered and by encouraging others to do the same.
Together we have the power to create a consensus which rejects killing as a method of achieving results. Please help support our efforts to bring about change.