Spay/Neuter Assistance Program
Pet Overpopulation Problem
Every day, 70,000 puppies and kittens are born, while only 10,000 people are born. Do the math…there just aren’t enough homes. The pet overpopulation epidemic is so staggering that for every companion animal in the United States to have a home, each and every person would have to have 6 dogs and 9 cats. So, a family of four would have to have 24 dogs and 36 cats.
Locally, the Buncombe County Animal shelter reports that approximately 8,000 animals enter their shelter annually. Of this number, some are reunited with their guardian, some are adopted, but a large percentage are also euthanized. The number is steadily decreasing, thanks to the efforts of ACN, the Asheville Humane Society, the Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic, and other like-minded organizations, who seek to improve local animal ordinances and to provide education and affordable pet sterilization services to the public. But the numbers are still too high!
Animal Compassion Network provides spay/neuter assistance to low-income pet guardians at n0- or low-cost. Read more about the Betty Fund