Haywood Spay/Neuter Receives PetSmart Charities® TNR Grant

By Connie A. Hewitt | Apr 29, 2013
Photo by: Susan Kumpf This shy stray sports an eartip, showing it was fixed and vaccinated through Haywood Spay/Neuter's Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) project.

Haywood Spay/Neuter received a $77,600 grant from PetSmart Charities to provide spay/neuter surgery and rabies vaccinations for at least 1,600 “community cats” over the next two years. Community cats are those that are lost, stray, or with no known owner. Sometimes known as “feral” cats, their needs are not met by the current animal control and shelter system, where unadopted animals are killed. Haywood County euthanized over half of the cats entering its shelter in 2012 at an approximate cost of over $35,000.

“Our Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) project is in its fifth year thanks to PetSmart Charities,” said Susan Kumpf, Haywood Spay/Neuter’s Board President and TNR Coordinator. “We estimate that there are at least 4,000 free-roaming cats in Haywood County that need our help. They are a significant part of our pet overpopulation crisis. Community cats that are fixed and vaccinated live fuller, healthier lives outdoors—but are killed in shelters. TNR significantly reduces the shelter cat population by effectively controlling colony size through spay/neuter.”

Research shows that TNR is the humane, effective approach to community cats that stabilizes colony size – no more kittens! – and improves a cat’s behavior once it’s no longer driven by mating urges and territorial fights. TNR works compared to the old capture/kill approach, which allows new, unfixed cats to move into an area that offers food and shelter – intentional or not.

”TNR cats are vaccinated against rabies and distemper, treated for parasites, dusted for fleas and ticks, and have their left ear “tipped” or squared off to show they’ve been fixed,” Kumpf stated. “We help caretakers manage the colony outside their door to benefit both the cats and the neighborhood. This is an all-volunteer effort to improve the lives of innocent cats and the people who care for them.”

Executive Director Chandra Spaulding noted that Haywood Spay/Neuter offers low-cost and no-cost spay/neuter surgeries for county pet owners. “We value the human-animal bond,” Spaulding said. “Our goal is to help improve the lives of pets and reduce unplanned pet births, which will lower the number of dogs and cats euthanized every week at the Haywood County Animal Services shelter.”

The nonprofit organization’s current program successfully sterilizes more than 2,300 animals per year. In addition to the TNR project, current promotions include “The Heat is On” which offers low-cost surgery on a sliding scale and “Operation Pit” which provides free surgery, vaccinations, and a microchip for pit bull type dogs.

About Haywood Spay/Neuter

Haywood Spay/Neuter has its roots in the 1955 Haywood County Humane Association, which in the mid-1970’s helped the county adopt its first animal control ordinance and hire a full-time shelter director. In 1986, the volunteer group relaunched as Haywood Animal Welfare Association, Inc. (HAWA). The group insisted upon lethal injection as the method of euthanasia rather than electrocution or shooting; updated county animal control ordinances requiring mandatory spay/neuter of all shelter adoptions; expanded shelter personnel duties to include animal cruelty investigations; pushed for a new shelter facility and raised funds for fencing, van, and radio system; and much more.

The current name of “Haywood Spay/Neuter” reflects the 501(c)(3) nonprofit’s mission to provide low-cost pet surgeries for Haywood County residents. It operates in collaboration with the Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic in Asheville and several local veterinarians. Haywood Spay/Neuter has facilitated over 10,000 surgeries since 2003 and depends on donations and volunteers to make its programs effective.

Haywood Spay/Neuter has earned the GuideStar Exchange Seal, demonstrating its commitment to transparency.  Learn more at www.guidestar.org.  For more information about Haywood Spay/Neuter and how to support its programs, visit our Facebook page, website www.haywoodspayneuter.org, or call our office located at 182 Richland Street in Waynesville NC at 828-452-1329.

About PetSmart Charities, Inc.

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for all pets by creating and supporting programs that save the lives of homeless pets and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. In 2011 alone, PetSmart Charities gave more than $13 million in grants to support low-cost, high-quality spay/neuter programs in communities nationwide. PetSmart Charities and the ASPCA provide on-going support of the Humane Alliance, which operates the National Spay/Neuter Response Team – the nation’s only training center for spay/neuter clinics.

Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities has funded more than $167 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations and has facilitated the largest collective adoption programs in North America, helping nearly 5 million pets find homes. Its Everyday Adoption Centers, built inside PetSmart stores, provide animal shelters and rescue organizations with expanded adoption facilities (at no charge) where pets can stay until adopted into lifelong homes. The local PetSmart® is located at 321 Town Center Loop in Waynesville (near WalMart).

Since 2007, PetSmart Charities’ Emergency Relief Waggin’® program has helped nearly 36,000 pets left displaced or suffering because of natural or man-made disasters – including the Hudson NC puppy mill rescue in June 2011, where approximately 300 dogs were housed in unsanitary conditions and lacked proper socialization and medical care.

Other programs include the PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin’®, launched in 2004 to network animal shelters across the country and give adoptable dogs and puppies a life-saving ride to their new lifelong homes. Rescue Waggin’ also provides partners with professional consultations and capacity-building grants for shelter improvements.

PetSmart Charities is the largest funder of animal welfare groups in North America and is in the top one percent of charities rated by Charity Navigator, receiving their highest, 4-star rating for ten consecutive years. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working to help find a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit our Facebook page, website www.petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).

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