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An astounding number of intact animals adopted from rescue agencies end up reproducing and adding to animal overpopulation. We want to see an end to this; all animals (including pediatrics) should be spayed/neutered prior to going home with the adopter. This can be a difficult task. That’s where the United Spay Alliance’s 100% initiative comes in.
- All animals must be spayed/neutered (including pediatrics) prior to adoption (coupons, vouchers, and discounts are not accepted as a form of sterilization)
- Exception: If the organization is approved for the 100% Initiative and is actively working with United Spay Alliance to achieve 100% spay/neuter rates
- Be willing to actively participate in the program and work with all other organizations
- Keep accurate statistics and report to United Spay Alliance each year using the given methods to ensure accurate record-keeping for reporting
- 501(c)(3) and/or Department of Agriculture License
To find out more about how vouchers, contracts, and not spay/neutering before adoption is adding to the numbers of animals euthanized every year. Read some of the following articles on pre-adoption sterilization rates.
Too many times we hear from groups that their follow-up is foolproof and no one slips through the cracks. That just doesn’t happen; nothing is foolproof unless it is performed before the pet leaves your organization. Our goal for the 100% Initiative is to make sure we give you the tools to ensure that they never have to leave unaltered.
The Kindest Cut of All (pages 47-52)
This article highlights the numbers and why a 90% compliance rate with post-adoption spay/neuter is still failure.
Overview of Pediatric Spay/Neuter
This is a great article written by vets, for vets and dispels some of the myths about the dangers of pediatric surgery. In our opinion, as long as shelter euthanasia is the leading cause of death for cats and dogs in the U.S., we should all be doing everything we can to stop that. Please ask vets to consider pediatric surgery as a temporary measure for pre-adoption animals only, and only for as long as shelter euthanasia is the leading cause of death for cats and dogs in the US.