“A recent and inspiring update comes from Humane Alliance, an organization that focuses on remedying pet overpopulation through high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter services. The ASPCA pledged more than $2.5 million, along with support from PetSmart Charities, to Humane Alliance over a five-year period to help expand the organization’s services.”
I have been so frustrated with the Big Money people like Maddie’s Fund, The Humane Society of the United States and Best Friends Animal Society not putting enough money into s/n clinics that it’s wonderful to see the ASPCA supporting Humane Alliance.
It’s also great that Humane Alliance has become more flexible in the population requirements for clinics in their program. From http://www.humanealliance.org/open-a-clinic/eligibility
Financial sustainability will look a bit different for every organization, depending on your overhead structure with ownership of a building vs. leasing/renting being the most common variable.
- For organizations with high overhead, their clinic will need to do 8,000-8,400 surgeries per year with one vet to be sustainable (35/day x 5/days x 48 weeks). To accomplish 8,400 surgeries, the clinic must be located in an area with a human population of at least 250,000 people in a 60-mile radius.
- For organizations with a lower overhead, the sustainable number of surgeries may be in the range of 5,000-6,000 per year with one vet. The required human population to support this surgical numbers would be correspondingly lower.
The first element of the Spayship Equation array is more s/ clinics. More clinics, more s/n means more lives saved.