The region in which Fetching Apparel is located has a high euthanasia rate for homeless pets.
According to one of our local animal shelters, in the past 12 years more than 77,000 cats and 106,000 dogs were euthanized.
Officials with the Sullivan County, Bluff City, Kingsport Animal Control Center Inc. say that in 2012 alone, of all the dogs that ended up in shelters, 47% (6,500) were put down. In that same year, 68% of cats (5,400) were euthanized.
It’s truly heartbreaking to know that there are so many unwanted animals in this region. So many find themselves in shelters and others end up in abusive situations. But there is a safe, effective and HUMANE way to prevent that from happening. We’re talking about spaying and neutering.
That’s why Fetching Apparel regularly partners with the Bristol Humane Society’s Margaret B. Mitchell Spay/Neuter Clinic in Bristol, Virginia.
Since opening in 2005, more than 80,500 animals have been fixed at the clinic.
Surgeries are offered at a reduced cost and the clinic has a transport van that regularly picks up pets in rural communities; the goal is to help make the process as financially doable and as simple as possible for pet owners.
The fees charged by the clinic simply offset the operating costs. Grants and public donations help subsidize surgeries for people who can’t afford it.
Spaying and neutering is a proven way to reduce the homeless pet population. And while we have seen a lot of progress in our area, there is still a lot more work to be done.
If you would like to do a fundraiser for your 501(c)3 rescue group or spay/neuter facility, please contact us at info@Fetching-Apparel.com.