If urgent matters don’t disrupt my plan, I want to showcase two themes this week—first, to shine a spotlight on a few hands-on programs at The HSUS and, second, to point you to our tremendous in-house video capabilities and resources.
Yesterday, I introduced you to the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch and the rescued animals there. Today, I want to draw your attention to two of our hands-on programs that promote spaying and neutering.
I am so proud of The HSUS’s Rural Area Veterinary Services program, which deploys veterinarians and close to 900 vet students every year to treat animals in poverty-stricken regions of the country and to provide free spay/neuter services. Our staff and volunteers visit Native American reservations and other rural areas, where people not only have trouble coming up with funds for vet care, but where vets are in very short supply to begin with. You may not hear about it often, but your dollars support a remarkable program that gives hope to thousands of people and animals.
We also work on the spay/neuter issue by organizing Spay Day USA, The HSUS’s annual campaign (which we were thrilled to adopt when we merged with the Doris Day Animal League), to inspire people to save animal lives by spaying or neutering pets and feral cats.
This year, participants spayed or neutered more than 20,000 cats, dogs and rabbits, and raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for spay/neuter services. You can see the success of Spay Day USA 2007, from one local shelter to Capitol Hill, in this video.
I hope you take a few minutes to view some of the videos. Also, I want to direct you to the HSUS Animal Channel, our online video resource. We have a supremely talented staff of professionals who produce some of the most compelling videos about animals and animal issues. It’s a resource you’ll want to draw upon time and time again—not only to inspire and inform you, but to provide you with an online tool to inform others interested in animal issues.