Today is National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance day and I urge all of us to do whatever we can to help the homeless in our towns, especially with the winter weather. But did you know that in the United States homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1?

We love adoptions! But the most cost-effective and humane way out of pet overpopulation begins with shelter spay/neuter programs. At NEW PAWSibilities we spay or neuter every dog as part of the adoption process. This is our largest but also most essential expense in getting the dogs ready for adoption. Less than 2% of the dogs we transport are fixed.

Whether it’s homeless people or homeless dogs we care and we are sure you do too. We are so pleased to be part of a compassionate community.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates about 3.3 million dogs enter U.S. animal shelters every year. An estimated 670,000 dogs are euthanized in shelters this year simply because no one steps forward to adopt them.

Studies have shown that dogs reduce loneliness and depression, force us to socialize, give us a sense of purpose, lower our stress and anxiety levels, increase our productivity, and force us to exercise. (National Institute of Health)

The high cost of dog spaying and neutering, with the average vet cost in Northeast Wisconsin being $250.00, is the number one reason pet owners do not fix their dogs. Spay/neuter programs make adoption fees more affordable, help owners keep their dogs in good health, and are the most effective way to end pet homelessness before it begins.

This is just one of the many comments we receive from happy adoptive families.

“NEW PAWSibilities changed our lives!” writes Melissa of her adoption experience. “When I was looking to adopt, I got discouraged because of the additional spaying cost. Every vet in the area wanted at least $250.00. That on top of the $250.00 to $300.00 adoption fee put getting a dog out of reach. Your staff explained that spaying is included in the adoption fee for every dog. That changed everything and I brought home my Sasha that same day. I can’t imagine my life without her. So, thank you a million times and over for helping us find each other.”

We wanted to take this time to thank you for all your donations to our spay/neuter fund. Whether it’s homeless people or homeless dogs we care and we are sure you do too. We are so pleased to be part of a compassionate community.