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What is the 3/6/2010 Fund?

 

On March 6, 2010, our inspiration and mascot, McGrady, was adopted from Ashe County (NC) Animal Control.  During that same year only 264 animals made it out to safety with 1526 being euthanized.  The 1526 weren’t euthanized due to lack of caring on the Animal Control Officers’ part…the fact that they saved a ragtag stray dog who they suspected to be deaf (McGrady) should prove their level of caring.   McGrady and his Foundation have been wanting to find a way to commemorate his “Gotcha Day” and the 3/6/10 Fund will do just that.

The 3/6/10 Fund will focus solely on providing deeply discounted rates for Spay/Neuter in rural Carolinas counties where bigger groups aren’t already focused.  Several months ago, Fabulous McGrady and Friends Foundation (which is active in McGrady’s home county as “Friends of Ashe County Animals”)  gave a $1000 micro-grant to Ashe (County) Humane Society for an initiative called “The $5 Fix” which made spay/neuter $5 for those in greatest financial need.  AHS raised an additional $1173 for a total of $2173.  This resulted in 45 animal, 25 dogs & 20 cats, being “fixed” which is double the usual number per AHS.  We were able to do this because AHS already has in place a discounted spay/neuter program making the cost in the neighborhood of $50-60.  Thus, FMFF/FACA and other monies only had to subsidize around $50 of the cost versus over $100-200 if we tried to subsidize the cost of the usual costs of spay/neuter.

So what if I don’t spay or neuter my pet?

The statistics for the number of offspring produced by a single unaltered dog or cat (if none of their offspring are spayed/neutered and are allowed to roam/breed) are astounding and readily illustrated in the graphics below.  No words are needed.

A chart showing the number of offspring of one unaltered dog from the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley
A chart showing the number of offspring of one unaltered dog from the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley

 

Excellent chart showing the number of offspring produced by a pair of unaltered cats from www.peoplesavingpets.org
Excellent chart showing the number of offspring produced by a pair of unaltered cats from www.peoplesavingpets.org

We think these graphics will illustrate why we feel it so important to try to provide discounted spay/neuter to residents of rural Carolinas counties as well as to make spay/neuter services more convenient and accessible.  We will be announcing our first big initiative on St Patrick’s Day in the hope that we can help some dogs and cats to “Get Lucky” by getting spayed/neutered and never having to have any unwanted offspring.

 

 

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