Category Archives: The Spayship Equation

The Infertile Crescent: North Carolina’s Spay/Neuter clinics’ impact

If you study the NC map I posted last blog, you will notice areas of low shelter euthanasia near spay/neuter clinics that I’ve dubbed “The Infertile Crescent.” NC has a statewide license-plate s/n voucher program, and is the home of … Continue reading

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Oregon is a model for the effectiveness of Spay/Neuter clinics

Yes, this chart really is a summary of an awful lot of information.  Not theory.  Not a projection from a small sample.  It includes information from every shelter in Oregon that I know about (well, there’s one for-profit shelter in … Continue reading

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Spay/Neuter clinics benefit a wide area: example, Foothills clinic in Catawba County, NC

While limiting intake, increasing adoptions, or Shelter-Neuter-Return can improve a shelter’s Live Release Rate, they can result in putting the burden of killing on neighboring shelters. Opening a s/n clinic, however, benefits the neighbors as well, as happened when the … Continue reading

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Modeling cat population growth and decline: tipping point of spay/neuter

I made a lovely little model in Excel, letting me play with all kinds of variables.  The most amazing thing is, no matter what I put in for those variables, there’s a tipping point, where just a few more spay/neuter … Continue reading

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Looking good in Utah – another victory for spay/neuter, especially for cats

I’ve updated my Utah spreadsheet, although data is only available Jan-Jul 2013 (and I’m assuming that’s the first half of the year, 1/1/13-6/30/13) so I projected. http://www.spayship.com/data.html

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ASPCA gives grant to Humane Alliance to promote spay/neuter clinics

“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 … Continue reading

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Dogs and cats are different! Doh!

It drives me mad.  People start talking about shelter animals and how sad it is so many are killed, maybe start throwing numbers around, and then they forget that most of animals killed in shelters are cats and focus on … Continue reading

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Maddie’s in Utah

The entire state of Utah got one of the first Community Coalition grants from Maddie’s Fund.  Did it succeed? No More Homeless Pets in Utah¹ Dates: 2000-2005 Funding: $8,501,362 No More Homeless Pets in Utah operated throughout Utah’s urban, suburban … Continue reading

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Maddie’s Fund

When Maddie’s Fund started in 2000, I read their web page in great excitement.  They were actually talking about numbers, about keeping records and setting goals.  So I’ve been watching areas that have gotten Maddie’s Grants closely. I’ve been so … Continue reading

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What’s My Agenda?: The Spayship Equation

I started volunteering at my local animal shelter in 1987.  In 2001, I began gathering and analyzing data pertaining to companion animals.  The Spayship began as an idea for a mobile spay/neuter clinic, was somewhat embodied in the Oregon Neutermobile … Continue reading

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