My nifty American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) calendar tells me today is World Spay Day . In fact, 2017 is the 23rd annual World Spay Day.
The big difference goes beyond your home, however. The Humane Society of the United States estimates between six and eight million homeless animals entering shelters each year, with only half of those finding homes through adoption. Every litter of puppies or kittens grows this problem.
Our choices make a big impact. Fortunately, Tacoma has an amazing resource for spay and neuter surgeries in the Northwest Spay & Neuter Center (NWSNC). The mission of the NWSNC is to promote and provide affordable, high-quality spay and neuter services for cats and dogs in an effort to stop the killing of animals due to overpopulation. Since the NWSNC began in 2008 (as Coalition: HUMAnE), its veterinarians have performed 89,090 surgeries.
It gets even better, though. NWSNC offers safe, climate-controlled shuttle transportation to and from the clinic for dogs and cats, including feral cats. Currently the shuttle serves South King, Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor, and Kitsap Counties.
I'm Shannon, and I love and am loved by four Great Danes, four cats, and one horse (four Danes, one cat, and one horse are no longer walking this earth). Here I'll share stories of my adventures in grief photography for companion animals, my own grief journey, and thoughts on caregiving.