By Official Release
July 12, 2007
10:31 AM EDT
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have announced a $300,000 sponsorship for the Humane Alliance of Western North Carolina's National Spay/Neuter Response Team to provide a strategic training program and facilitators to mentor organizations to open and operate 12 new high-volume, high quality spay/neuter clinics across the country in 2007.
Ed Sayres, president of the ASPCA, presented the $300,000 pledge to Humane Alliance director Quita Mazzina and NSNRT spokespeople Ryan and Krissie Newman at the Humane Society of Catawba County (HSCC), which will operate one of the model spay/neuter clinics, in Hickory, N.C. The clinic will be part of the Humane Society's multipurpose animal welfare facility currently under construction.
The Humane Society of Catawba County's Spay/Neuter clinic is being built through a $400,000 donation from the Ryan Newman Foundation. Ryan and Krissie Newman are the national spokespeople for the Humane Alliance's NSNRT and honorary capital campaign co-chairs for the Humane Society of Catawba County. HSCC still has to raise an additional $300,000 to complete the capital campaign for their no-kill animal shelter, education center and spay/neuter clinic that is scheduled to open in November 2007.
The NSNRT operates much like a NASCAR pit crew, sending groups of trained vets and veterinary technicians to help nonprofit organizations learn how to open spay/neuter clinics using the Humane Alliance model.
Twenty-two organizations around the country -- including the Humane Society of Catawba County -- have applied to open spay/neuter clinics, and a minimum of 12 will open this year with help from the ASPCA's funding of the NSNRT. These organizations will partner with hundreds of local animal shelters and rescue groups in their regions across the nation.
"Spaying and neutering is the only way to permanently curb the proliferation of millions of unwanted and abandoned animals each year in the United States," said Ed Sayres, president of the ASPCA. "The Humane Alliance's National Spay Neuter Response Team model exemplifies the successes that can be achieved through mentoring best practices, since trainees then become creative collaborators and new mentors of the program. It's a win-win for everyone, especially the animals."
The Humane Alliance of Western North Carolina is a non-profit high volume, high quality, affordable spay/neuter clinic located in Asheville. Since its inception 12 years ago, the Humane Alliance clinic has sterilized 180,000 companion animals and reduced the euthanasia rate in the Asheville community by 72 percent.
Through the NSNRT initiative, which began in 2005, the Humane Alliance's team of facilitators has mentored 21 organizations across the nation to successfully implement its high volume, high quality spay/neuter model. More than 200,000 companion animals have been surgically sterilized at these clinics in just two short years. NSNRT has already trained six organizations so far this year.
For more information about the Ryan Newman Foundation, visit www.ryannewmanfoundation.org.
Friday, July 13, 2007
By Official Release