GA - Woman offers to pay to spay all the female dogs in Macon

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  1. Backwoods

    Backwoods New Member

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    Wow, this lady is taking on quite a project. Godspeed her on her mission:

    more at: http://www.macon.com/2013/12/20/2843420/woman-offers-to-pay-to-spay-all.html



    And I just have to add on this other doggie story from the same source today -- it also really touched my heart:


    the rest of the story at: http://www.macon.com/2013/12/20/2843419/ac-pup-all-we-want-for-christmas.html
     
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  3. Snoods

    Snoods Active Member

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    That is a wonderful gift Ms. Fickling is offering! Incredible! I hope many people take her up on her offer.

    And I'm so glad Mr. Faust gets to keep his baby girl with him. So cute in her yellow tutu lol.
     
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  4. noZme

    noZme Active Member

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    Wow!!! God bless Kerri Hatcher Fickling.

    Wouldn't it be nice for this idea to catch on for cats & dogs in more cities?
     
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    Thank you, Backwoods for sharing these uplifting and happy stories!

    Ms. Fickling is giving an amazing gift to Macon and to dogs!
     
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  6. Snoods

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    There was an elderly lady that lived in Galveston, TX that would spay and neuter all feral cats for free. You just had to take them to a certain clinic and schedule a time. It was such a blessing while it lasted. It was a several hour drive, but I can't tell you how many cats we took there. Unfortunately she passed away, and her heirs (children) put a screeching halt to it.
     
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    I volunteered my services (and my home phone line) to the free spay/neuter program in which many local vets participate. Every day my voicemail was full with applicants who wanted to spay/neuter their animal. It made me realize that it wasn't so much lack of education that people didn't spay/neuter but cost. I'm a huge fan of any vet that takes part in programs like this. And to anyone else helping to defray cost is just a hero in my book.
     
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    Bravo to you, MaybeNotToday, bravo! You're MY hero! :loveyou: My ex is a vet who volunteered at the SNAP (Spay-Neuter Assistance Program) in Houston. There are organizations in every state that will help people by providing low cost spay and neutering. I've even found many places that will provide pet food for low income or struggling people who don't want to give up their beloved pets because they can't afford them! Angels, all of them.

    In Houston:
    http://www.snapus.org/site/PageServer
     
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  9. Backwoods

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    For the record, I do think that mandatory spay/neuter (enforced with a system of fines, I believe) is being discussed or has recently passed in Macon/Bibb County (in the process of consolidating). I live nearby but not in Macon or Bibb County, so I'm not real up on it -- but have seen some news coverage. It has been controversial, and there are certain exceptions, waivers, etc.
     
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  10. Snoods

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    Wait, what? How is someone's generous offer of controlling unwanted pregnancies for dogs like Hitler? So if someone practices birth control are they like Hitler? It is impossible to find homes for the millions of unwanted and many times abused dogs and cats that end up in shelters. Approximately 2 million dogs are killed every year in shelters. That is one every 11 seconds. And frankly if there were a law that only licensed breeders could have females that weren't spayed that would be a blessing! I would be out of a job (I work at an animal shelter that kills precious dogs and cats and cry myself to sleep more nights than not) but never would I be so happy as to find another!


    http://www.humanesociety.org/animal_community/resources/qa/common_questions_on_shelters.html
     
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    Way to go Los Angeles!

    On February 12, 2008, the City Council of Los Angeles gave final approval to a new law that requires all cats and dogs in the City to be spayed or neutered after the age of four months, with some specific exemptions allowed. The Mayor signed this ordinance on February 26, 2008, making Los Angeles the national leader in efforts to humanely decrease the number of pets abandoned and euthanized each year.

    http://www.laanimalservices.com/laws-policies/spayneuter-ordinance/
     
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  12. noZme

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    You rang my bell!

    The noZ family is all about animal welfare charities. My guys call me the original castrating female. I have 10 carriers & regularly haul dogs & cats to Animal Aid in Tallahassee, a discounted spay-neuter program. I am happy to devote my time & gas & often $ to help control the unwanted pet population. I feed a colony of feral cats & support trap, neuter, release programs. I salute Snoods & everyone working "in the trenches."

    Spaying and neutering makes a big difference: Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens!
    (These figures are from Peta. Yep, they can be extreme & I do not agree with 100% of the philosophy, but you can find similar equations from other advocates.)

    I think the motivation is education, but Ms Fickling's offer could seriously impede a generation of abandoned dogs. Females in heat cause injuries from dog fights, a male traveling to visit may be stuck & injured or killed by a car. It's unhealthy for the mom & subsequent pups to have unlimited litters. "We have too many dogs to get vet checkups & vaccinations." And "old Lady is preggos again so we'll call the shelter to come get her. We don't have anymore friends who will take a puppy & the last 2 litters we dropped off in front of a nice-looking farmhouse."

    Otto, just last week I was giving you a big "attaboy" for helping another poster with some photoshop. We have posted on the same threads & I know you are a good guy. I respectfully suggest the idea is prevention, very different from extermination.

    Snoods signature line is so true. Rescuing one animal may not change the world, but for that one animal their world is changed forever!
     
  13. Snoods

    Snoods Active Member

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    BBM That's a lovely nickname! :floorlaugh: I'm rolling!

    And thank you for the shoutout noZ, right back atcha!! Thanks for throwing up some stats, too. Education is key!

    Thank you for your much calmer explanation to Otto than mine, since mine got poofed (sowwy mods).
     
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    Quoting my own original post, because I happened to see an update on the second story I'd posted about -- the one about Mr. Jesse and Lady. They are reunited!:

    http://www.macon.com/2014/01/31/2910250/ac-pup-the-house-that-love-built.html#wgt=rcntnews
     

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