The Lucy Pet Foundation: Spaying And Neutering On The Go

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A lot can happen in seven days. An example: in the U.S., 80,000 cats and dogs are euthanized in the shelter system per week, every week. So, what else can happen in one week? If the Lucy Pet Foundation reaches its goal, approximately 4,800 spay/neuter procedures that will put a dent in the animal overpopulation and execution problem.

The number of cats and dogs being handed the death sentence on a weekly basis is staggering. But even more stunning is the fact that these killings are needless, with the swelling animal population easily and effectively controlled by spaying and neutering. And that’s why Karen “Doc” Halligan and Joey Herrick started the Lucy Pet Foundation. By performing this routine procedure, their goal is to eliminate the need for shelters that must euthanize dogs because they’re at capacity.

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Lucy’s Story

Who is the Lucy behind The Lucy Pet Foundation? A few years ago, Herrick’s family found a Chihuahua mix that looked like she had been out on her own for a long time. They took her to the vet, where it was found that the pooch was in fairly good health. After making a spaying appointment for her in two weeks, the family took her home, fed her and gave her the name Lucy.

When Lucy started to gain weight, the Herrick’s put it down to regular meals – but the vet surprised them with a pregnancy announcement. She gave birth to five puppies soon after, and had it not been for her new family, the outcome would have been bleak for Lucy. In order to ensure that all abandoned dogs like Lucy had a chance to find a forever home, the idea for the foundation began to take form. 

Related: Why Spaying and Neutering Your Dog Is Necessary

How The Lucy Pet Foundation Helps

Spaying and neutering – this simple procedure goes beyond just over breeding. The troubles that un-fixed animals face multiply as quickly as these furballs do, including a slew of health problems including cancers, aggression, and oh, the humping – oh, the humanity! But in all seriousness, consider that dogs and cats that are neutered or spayed live 40 per cent longer than those that aren’t. So, why aren’t more people doing it? Price, convenience, misinformation – the list of owner excuses is endless.

The Lucy Pet Foundation is bringing its life-saving mission to you, through its unique, mobile spay/neuter and adoption clinics. They say the world is on wheels, and this is literally the case when it comes to this non-profit organization. The Foundation’s mission is to put its mobile van clinics on the streets of every major city across the U.S.

And even when their mobile clinics aren’t performing surgeries, the organization works with local animal shelters to save dogs and cats whose time up at the shelter is near. They’ll feature the animals in their mobile adoption portion of the truck at pet retail stores and events. Helping find forever homes for as many homeless pets as possible allows shelters to take in more animals in need.

According to The Lucy Pet Foundation, one mobile clinic can spay and neuter approximately 6,000 animals each year, potentially saving some 15,000 animals from a fate of homelessness, shelters and euthanasia. That’s one mobile clinic, in one year. The goal is to roll out 40 mobile clinics.

Visit the Lucy Pet Foundation to see how you can give to the cause. You can make a single donation, or make it a standing contribution and give the gift of the live-saving snip. It does more good than you thought!

Lydia&FredLydia McNutt is an award winning writer, editor, blogger and proud mama of three of the fur-babies: her two cats, Phoebe and Brewster (who think they are dogs,) and her 90-pound yellow lab, Fred – the biggest lap dog you’ll ever meet. When her head’s not in a cloud of fur, you’ll find Lydia chasing her toddler through the neighborhood, reading a good biography, or writing about… Well, you’ll just have to read more of Lydia’s articles to find out!


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