Feb 25, 2014 9:08 PM by Kathy Kuretich
It's a sad fact - every year more than two and a half million animals are put down, simply because there are not enough homes for them.
Shelters, humane societies, and rescue groups are often at capacity.
Veterinarians say the answer to this is simple - spay or neuter your animal.
Tuesday, is World Spay Day, an international campaign reminding the public that spaying or neutering your pet prevents the countless deaths of animals.
Any given day medical staff at Woods Humane Society spend hours in surgery, altering animals.
Experts said it is 100% effective and ensures these animals won't have offspring that could be put down in a shelter or killed on the streets
"The fact that Woods is able to do this, is part of our mission, it's part of what we do in our community," said Community Programs Director, Steve Kragenbrink.
While Woods has an adoption rate of 98-percent, nationwide the numbers are staggering. About half of shelter animals are adopted. The other half are put down.
"There's a trickle down effect. If we have less animals entering into the facility, then we have the time and the energy and the resources to care for the animals that are already here," said Kragenbrink.
At Woods, it's an efficient surgical process. One team preps, while the other, led that day by Dr. Marcella Roan, is in surgery, and another works on recovery. While the animals are still under sedation, they get their ears cleaned, nails clipped and wake up on heated floors, not beds... as they could roll off when they come to.
"It's just a whole process that we do. It's rinse and repeat and we do this every single day of the week, Monday through Friday, and really it's just to stay on top of the overpopulation issue in our county," said Kragenbrink.
Every animal that enters Woods or San Luis Obispo County Animal Services must be spayed or neutered.
And Tuesday, Woods reached a milestone. Marking their 20,000 surgery since 2007.
"If you multiply that number by about 4.5 that's how many animals we've prevented from entering into the surplus in to the county. It's absolutely astounding," said Kragenbrink.
To make a real dent in overpopulation we all have to do our part.
There are some spay/neuter services through Woods.
Also, Santa Maria Valley Humane Society has altered 28,0000 animals since 1998. It has various promotions throughout the year.
There are also local clinics giving discounts for Spay Day. Click on the links below for more information.
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