On December 17, 45 cats from Marcus Hook were spayed or neutered, as well as given rabies and distemper vaccines for just $30 each thanks to the efforts of the Animal Coalition of Delaware County (ACDC), the Marcus Hook Borough, and The Spayed Club.
In the Philadelphia region, 35,000 animals are put to death annually. The only reason that these perfectly healthy animals are subjected to this cruel fate is because there simply is not enough room in our animal shelters to care for them, nor are there enough homes for them.
These are not just the offspring of homeless “street” animals—in many cases, these are the unwanted puppies, kittens, rabbits and guinea pigs of cherished family pets and even purebreds. If animals that are not spayed or neutered get loose, it is quite likely that they will mate with another animal and produce unwanted offspring.
Failure to spay or neuter animals results in homelessness, misery, cruelty, and death. ACDC has been on the forefront of spaying and neutering efforts to reduce pet overpopulation since the organization was founded in 2004.
“Even though we’re a small organization with limited resources, we work efficiently and proactively to reduce pet overpopulation by ensuring that fewer animals are relinquished to animal shelters,” says Steph Swanton, a member of ACDC’s Executive Committee.
With ACDC subsidizing this cost, The Spayed Club providing their facility and staff, along with the support and forethought of Marcus Hooks’ Board of Health, the Marcus Hook residents were able to ensure that their cat was spayed or neutered and unable to produce unwanted offspring.