New Accessible Spay/Neuter Toolkit brings Canada one step closer to ending companion animal overpopulation

For Immediate Release

New Accessible Spay/Neuter Toolkit brings Canada one step closer to ending companion animal overpopulation

September 16, 2014 (Ottawa, Ontario) – The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) launched its Accessible Spay/Neuter Toolkit today. The new succinct suite of invaluable resources facilitates the creation of accessible spay/neuter programs in every community, in every province, across Canada.

“Spaying and neutering it the simplest, most effective way to save companion animal lives,” says Toolika Rastogi, Policy and Research Manager of the CFHS. “Currently barriers still exist prohibiting spay/neuter from being as widely accessible as possible.”

Earlier in 2014 the CFHS released an innovative report, The Case for Accessible Spay/Neuter in Canada, that illuminated the lack of accessible spay/neuter options in communities. The newly minted Accessible Spay/Neuter Toolkit provides practical guidance and support for those seeking to increase spay/neuter rates in their communities.

“The toolkit is a series of real-world, hands-on materials that will help make the dream of accessible spay/neuter for all a reality,” says Dr. Rastogi.

The toolkit includes:

• Community Spay/Neuter Needs Assessment: Tips and Recommendations to create a better understanding of the unique needs within a particular community; 
• Educational and E-learning Resources to develop and enhance operational capacity;
• Funding Resources Available in Canada for Spay/Neuter Initiatives so that plans can be put into action;
• Budget Guidance and Sample Budgets that share learnings from different service models (such as high volume stationary spay/neuter clinics, MASH-style clinics, subsidized services offered through existing veterinary clinics and mobile clinics)
• Marketing Guidance and Materials for Promoting Accessible Spay/Neuter Initiatives to help effectively promote projects.

Millions of owned animal are not sterilized. Just one unsterilized female cat can result in 25 kittens born in one year and one unsterilized female dog can result in 21 puppies born in one year. Not sterilizing companion animals contributes to the over population crisis that sees Canadian shelters bursting at the seams with un-homed animals.

Funding for the Accessible Spay/Neuter Toolkit was generously provided by PetSmart Charities of Canada.

To download the new toolkit resources in English and French visit www.cfhs.ca.

The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) is the national organization representing humane societies and SPCAs in Canada. Founded in 1957, the CFHS works toward positive, progressive change to end animal cruelty, improve animal protection, and, promote the humane treatment of all animals.

Since 1999, PetSmart Charities® of Canada Inc., an independent non-profit animal welfare organization, has raised more than $5 million benefiting animal welfare organizations across the country. Through its in-store pet adoption partnership with PetSmart Canada, PetSmart Charities of Canada has helped save the lives of over 150,000 pets.

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Media contact:

Kim Elmslie, Communications Manager, CFHS, 613-224-8072, 1-888-678-2347 ex. 12, kime@cfhs.ca

Media Release: New Accessible Spay/Neuter Toolkit brings Canada closer to ending companion animal overpopulation
New Accessible Spay/Neuter Toolkit brings Canada one step closer to ending companion animal overpopulation
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