Pima County Supervisors support continued pet sterilization effortsby Pima County News on Dec. 11, 2012, under Board of Supervisors, Health, Pima Animal Care Center, Pima County, Southern Arizona, Tucson, Uncategorized
The Pima County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to put $220,000 into no-cost spay/neuter clinics in an ongoing attempt to reduce the number of homeless animals throughout the region.
The approval marks the fourth year the contract has been authorized with the Animal Welfare Alliance of Southern Arizona, which provides the sterilization services on behalf of the County. The efforts target underserved and economically depressed areas.
In all, since 2009, the Board has allocated $880,000 to the effort.
The allocation allows for the sterilization of approximately 3,000 pets annually.
Additionally, the clinic atPimaAnimalCareCenteraltered nearly 6,400 animals last fiscal year, since state law requires the sterilization of shelter animals before they can go home with new families.
The investment makes solid financial sense, said Kim Janes, the Manager of Pima Animal Care Center.
A fertile dog can produce two litters a year, with anywhere from six to 10 puppies at a time. Theoretically, within six years, that dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs.
The numbers are even higher for cats, which can produce a litter of 4-6 kittens three times a year.
It costs roughly $15 a day to care for each animal that comes to the shelter.PimaAnimalCareCenterlast year cared for more than 24,000.
“Pets are languishing in shelters through no fault of their own, and it is our responsibility as a community to address this problem,” said Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll, who has rescued three dogs. “Addressing the problem through increased spay/neuter services is both financially and morally the right thing to do.”
For assistance on where to obtain low-cost spay/neuter services, please visit http://www.awasa.org.
For more information aboutPimaAnimalCareCenter, visit www.pimaanimalcare.org/.