A day of procedures clears backlog at Shelter
Veterinarians from the RAPS Animal Hospital and from other vet facilities volunteered their time to spay and neuter animals at the RAPS City of Richmond Animal Shelter, clearing a backlog of animals waiting for the procedure.
It just happened to be Halloween – that was a coincidence – but the impacts of leaving pets unsprayed or unneutered is truly spooky. Spaying and neutering animals is critical to preventing animal overpopulation, homelessness and euthanasia. The speed at which animals can reproduce is incredible.
Consider this: A female cat can produce an average of three litters in a year, and the average number of kittens in a feline litter is five. So in just two years, one female cat and her offspring could produce 225 cats.
With an average of one litter of five puppies per year, in just two years, a female dog and her offspring could produce 25 dogs.
And the numbers skyrocket from there exponentially.
Of course, no animal is ever fostered or adopted from our Shelter until they have undergone the procedure (or are scheduled for one, in the case of young animals).
The RAPS Animal Hospital is a full-service, not-for-profit veterinary facility. Our motivation is not profit, but providing the greatest amount of quality care to the most animals.
“Bringing volunteering veterinarians in to provide these procedures is something we can do with an in-agency hospital,” says Dr. Roey Kestelman, a vet at the RAPS Animal Hospital who volunteered his time for the day. “We’ve been able to catch up on the waitlist at the Shelter, which means these animals will now be up for adoption sooner. That’s good for them, it’s good for the Shelter and it’s good for the families whose lives will be enriched by having these awesome new additions.”
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