The ASPCA has long been at the forefront of spay/neuter efforts across the country, and with your help, we’re taking things to the next level: We’ve rolled out an unprecedented program that will yield hard data on the impact of high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter services on abandoned cats and dogs in New York City.

First, the ASPCA used three years of shelter intake data to identify specific neighborhoods in New York City with notably higher numbers of abandoned dogs and cats. Now, we’re aggressively targeting those areas with increased spay/neuter services through spring 2012 (at a minimum). Finally, we’ll compare the number of abandoned animals from those areas before our efforts and after.

"This is the first time anyone has attempted to chart the efficacy of spay/neuter in New York City by tracking the number of abandoned animals before and after intense spay/neuter outreach," says Aimee Christian, ASPCA Vice President of Spay/Neuter Operations. "We hope this effort will have measurable and sustainable benefits that will be applicable nationwide."

The project, operating in full partnership with the Mayor's Alliance for New York City's Animals and Animal Care & Control of New York City, is helmed by a project manager, a community transport manager and a cat community coordinator. We’re inviting pet parents and feral cat managers in the targeted areas to bring cats and dogs to our Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics or our new brick-and-mortar clinic in Glendale, Queens, for low- or no-cost spay/neuter services.

To find low-cost spay/neuter services anywhere in the country, visit our Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Programs database.

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