A Proactive Approach to Saving Lives

August 9, 2011

Each day at Kitsap Humane Society, in the early hours of the morning, the shelter is unlocked and the pets awake, excited for the new day and the hope of finding their forever homes. For some of them, the day holds a milestone not quite as exciting, but just as important – because today is the day they get spayed or neutered.
Believe it or not, this is where very important steps are gained in the realization of our mission. The fight against pet overpopulation and homelessness cannot be won solely by adopting out the needy animals that come through our doors. One of the mainstays of our vision is to ensure that every adoptable pet finds a home. To do this, we need to make sure that we are proactive instead of reactive in the fight.
Every dog and cat adopted from KHS is spayed or neutered before arriving in their forever home. This way, when pets are adopted we are not only opening up new space for another needy animal in the shelter, but we are also ensuring there will be less needy animals in the future seeking forever homes. We are also happy to now offer Low-Cost Spay/Neuter services to the public. Having your own pet spayed or neutered helps to combat pet homelessness in our community. Planned or not, each litter of puppies and kittens brought into the world mean less homes available for the pets who are already here and seeking their forever families.
Find out more about our Low-Cost Spay/Neuter efforts and special programs such as Litter-Abatement and the Responsi-bull Project by visiting our website here
              – Dr. Jen Stonequist, Shelter Veterinarian