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Animal Coalition Spay Day

Thursday, March 24, 2016

In 2015, the Animal Coalition of Tampa (ACT) provided 11,033 animal spay/neuters, as well as 14,521 veterinary vaccinations at affordable prices for the Tampa Bay community. In addition, ACT provided pet wellness exams, veterinary follow-ups, and dental procedures at discounted rates.

 In 2015, ACT continued to partner with the Hillsborough County Animal Services (now known as the Pet Resource Center) to offer spay/neuter vouchers to the pets of low income and disabled clients. ACT spayed/neutered & vaccinated a total of 3,054 pets through this voucher program at a cost to clients of just $10 per pet. The voucher program helped prevent overpopulation of cats and dogs, which in turn lowers euthanasia and unwanted pets being taken to animal shelters. Pets are healthier and are vaccinated against disease. Surveys show that often these are pets otherwise might not receive veterinary care.  As a result of doing what they know is the right thing, clients receive the benefit of a happier and healthier companion animal. 

The Wellness Waggin is ACT’s community benefit program which consists of a low cost traveling shot clinic. The Wellness Waggin brings vaccines and education to off-site locations throughout the Greater Tampa Bay Area. The program operates on weekends, which facilitates and encourages pet vaccination for residents whose schedules do not allow for weekday shot clinic appointments. This program offers fast and convenient care for pets whose owners ordinarily would not have the opportunity to have their pet seen by a veterinarian.

 Another outreach program that ACT offers is the Neuter Scooter transportation for surgery candidates. Each week, the Neuter Scooter van picks up pets from locations and clients who are under-served and economically disadvantaged, as well as those who do not have transportation.  The pets are brought into the clinic, where they receive sterilization care.  They and then the pets are returned to their designated location after stabilization from the surgeries.  This is a free transportation service that is provided to the community and people of Tampa Bay in order to offer the dignity of responsible pet ownership to those who could not otherwise bring their pet into the clinic.  ACT’s Program SpayDay addresses some of the very most vulnerable members of our society – the feral cat population, which is often prone to discrimination and persecution. On the second Sunday of every month, ACT invites volunteer surgeons and technicians to the clinic to spay and neuter feral cats brought in by concerned cat lovers. The cost per cat brought in is only $10 and this low cost makes the program affordable, and makes stabilization of the feral cat population affordable. Cats are spayed or neutered, given three year rabies shots, distemper, penicillin, de-wormer, ear mite treatment, flea treatment, and the lifesaving ear tip that identifies them as an official community cat. The caregivers then pick the cats up and return them to their designated colony.  

This procedure is referred to as “trap, neuter, vaccinate, return” (TNVR) and it saves many lives by stabilizing the colonies and keeping the cats vaccinated. ACT embraces the success its programs have seen at the Pet Resource Center. With shelter euthanasia down from 82% to 15% since ACT opened its doors in March 2000, ACT expects to expand its low cost services by another 20% in 2016.  Your support inspires us.   
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