In response to the growing demand for spay/neuter services in our region, KCAAP has purchased land and begun the process of building and equipping a new 5,400 spay/neuter clinic to be located in Crandall, Texas. Crandall is centrally located to the 1.3 million residents in the 13 county (120 mile radius) that we are serving.
Half of the area we serve is rural and economically disadvantaged; the other half is urban (East Dallas) and economically disadvantaged. As a result, most residents in these communities haven't gotten the necessary spay/neuter surgeries for their dogs and cats because of financial considerations. As such, our region is in desperate need of these low cost spay/neuter services to reduce the number of animals entering area shelters. Sadly, only 18 percent of animals entering area shelters find homes in our region - a devastatingly low number and one we are determined to change.
KCAAPs partnering agencies understand that adoption and sheltering is not the solution to our overpopulation problems in rural and poverty stricken Texas. We will never adopt out enough animals to make an impact in our euthanasia rates. The goal of our shelter collaboration group is to drop intake in our shelters by 50% in 5 years through an aggressive, pro-active spay/neuter program.
Towards achieving our efforts, we will continue to built strong partnerships with surrounding city and county shelters and humane organizations, offering transportation services for their area pets in need to and from the clinic. These organizations are the back bone of our program. Without them we could not succeed. Our partnering agencies are responsible for all aspects of their territory from advertising, promotions, education and finding volunteers to perform check-in at their pick up sites. The partnering agency must have at least three volunteers available at check-in and discharge. For providing these services the partner agency receives a discounted price on rescue animals that need spay/neuter surgery. The strong collaborative effort with these humane groups will allow us to meet our goal of 14,400 surgeries in 2009 and 17,000 surgeries per year by the end of 2010.
In 2008 we also performed over 500 heartworm treatments at cost for rescue groups and shelters, saving tens of thousands of dollars in medical care and allowed them to save more animals that might otherwise have been killed. We attended regional adoption events to perform vaccination and microchip clinics as fundraisers for our partnering agencies, raising thousands of dollars for medical care. – less–ZoomInfo