NEW YORK, July 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --Today the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) marked a significant achievement by completing its 500,000th spay/neuter surgery in New York City. The ASPCA's mobile and stationary clinics provide free and low-cost spay/neuter services to tens of thousands of underserved pet owners and animal rescue professionals each year, with the life-saving mission of decreasing the number of dogs and cats entering shelters, reducing community cat populations, and contributing to the overall health and welfare of animals in the community.
"This milestone is a critical step toward preventing animal homelessness and ensuring that the city's pets live healthier lives," said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA President and CEO. "The ASPCA is dedicated to bringing affordable, high-quality spay/neuter surgeries directly to underserved communities with the goal of keeping pets and people together, and we thank our many partners across the city for their role in helping us reach so many animals."
The ASPCA's fleet of specialized mobile clinics travel to underserved communities in all five boroughs. Additionally, the ASPCA operates two full-time spay/neuter clinics for shelter and rescue animals in New York City. In close partnership with the local animal welfare community, the stationary clinics deliver much-needed services including spay/neuter, vaccines, and microchips to homeless dogs and cats being cared for by rescue groups, humane organizations, foster networks and the trap-neuter-return-monitor (TNRM) community. The ASPCA also partners with Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) to ensure the animals in their care are spayed or neutered before placement in a new home. Both stationary spay/neuter facilities and the mobile units are outfitted with state-of-the-art medical equipment and staffed with highly trained and licensed medical personnel.
The ASPCA unveiled its first mobile spay/neuter clinic in New York City, named the Care-A-Van, in 1997 to tackle the issue of animal homelessness and stem the tide of animals entering city shelters. In 2002, the ASPCA made the strategic decision to direct services to the most underserved communities where the need is greatest. With this 500,000th surgery, the ASPCA celebrates over 17 years of commitment to New York City pets and their owners.
Recently, the ASPCA announced a groundbreaking, multi-year initiative to build a network of ASPCA Community Veterinary Centers across the city to equip underserved communities with greater access to basic veterinary care, including spay/neuter services. Once they are operating at maximum capacity, the new Community Veterinary Centers will allow the ASPCA to provide an additional 30,000 spay/neuter surgeries per year. The first ASPCA Community Veterinary Center is scheduled to open in the Bronx in late fall 2019, followed by Brooklyn in 2020 and Manhattan in 2021.
About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was the first animal welfare organization in North America and continues to serve as the nation's leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA is committed to its mission of providing effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.