Esther had a previous life in social work, guidance/student personnel, and law school admissions. In 1990, she plunged into a new life when she started SPAY/USA. Motivated by the plight of the many wonderful cats at the Bridgeport, CT animal shelter with no prospects of finding a good home, she realized that the only solution was to prevent unplanned litters. By doing so, a great deal of suffering could be avoided. That has been her focus ever since.
Esther started SPAY/USA to bring together vets and clinics offering affordable, accessible spay/neuter services. Within three years, a network of well over a thousand vets and clinics had been developed across the country, and the program moved to the North Shore Animal League. Esther ran the program until 2010.
Leaders of the state spay/neuter referral programs that had evolved over the prior couple of years expressed interest in becoming more proactive, going beyond referral to recruitment, marketing, policy, and social media to spread the word within their own geographic areas.
These were the roots of the United Spay Alliance, which became a nonprofit organization in 2015. The goal of this animal welfare organization is to reduce animal suffering by working to ensure that every cat and dog born has an excellent chance of finding a loving, permanent home.