Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Spay/Neuter - How It Can Help the Community

Our community needs your help. NAFA has been trying for years to get the funds to finish our low cost spay/neuter facility and after all this time is exceeding close to having the money for completion. We like around $5,700.00 to complete the fundraising portion of this task. Below are some facts and question that have proposed for us to answer. Please read them and see if they apply to you.

I don't even own a pet! Why is this my problem?

All of us are affected by animal overpopulation. Millions of tax dollars are spent annually to shelter and care for stray, abandoned and unwanted pets. Much of that money is spent to euthanize these animals when homes cannot be found. Human health is threatened by the danger of transmittable diseases (including rabies), animal bites and attacks. Property may be damaged and livestock killed when pets roam in search of food. Animal waste is proving to be a serious environment hazard, fouling yards and parks. It is only when all of us assume the responsibility for pet overpopulation that we will see any decrease in the problem.

If I find homes for my pet's litters, then I won't contribute to the problem, right?

Wrong. Only a small number of people will get their new animal spay or neutered so that it doesn't contribute to the overwhelming numbers of animals who need to find homes.

Won't animal shelters take care of the surplus animals?

No. Shelters do their best to place animals in loving homes, but the number of homeless animals far exceeds the number of willing/qualified adopters. This leaves many loving and healthy animals in our community that must be euthanized as the only humane solution to this tragic dilemma. Only spaying and neutering can end the overpopulation problem.

Spaying or neutering your own pet will keep your pet healthier.  It also means that your animal and his or her potential offspring won't contribute to the population of homeless and abandoned pets in our community.

They live in the shadows—the alleyways, empty lots and condemned buildings—of almost every neighborhood. Their lives are short and usually harsh. They struggle to find food and water in an environment filled with the constant threats of disease, starvation, cruelty and unwant.

If you would like to contribute to help the community end the overpopulation of unwanted and uncared for animals think about making a donation to get the ARK (Arkansans Reduce Killing) up and ready for business. You may donate by going to NAFA's Causes page ( and select the give button, donating at Petco on Saturday's during adoption events, dropping a donation at The Groom Shop (1105 South Gee Street) or mailing it to us at P.O. Box 10075 Jonesboro, AR 72403. All monetary donations are tax deductible.

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