Animal Friends Tops 10,000 Spay/Neuter Surgeries in 2013!

 We did it!

As part of an aggressive program to end pet overpopulation in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Animal Friends reached their goal to spay or neuter 10,000 pets in 2013.

On Thursday, December 19 – just 11 days shy of the end of the year – Animal Friends’ Low-Cost Spay/Neuter team completed the 10,000th surgery of the year! The lucky cat was Jackie, a young black female, brought in to be spayed by her caregiver Rebecca Lafferty. Lafferty found Jackie as a pregnant stray and brought her into her home so she could have a safe place to nurse and care for her kittens.

Jackie (black cat) and her kitten relaxing after their surgeries

Animal Friends knows that spay and neuter programs are the only way to proactively relieve the pet overpopulation problem in our region. In Allegheny County alone, conservative estimates show that 20,000 homeless animals are euthanized every year. The problem is simple: there are too many pets and not enough homes.

Rebecca gets a basket of cat treat and toys from our  
Low Cost Spay/Neuter Coordinator Carol Whaley

Early this year, the organization set a goal: To alter 10,000 pets in 2013. An unprecedented number for Animal Friends, but one that is made possible through an aggressive low-cost spay/neuter program which includes in-house clinics, a mobile surgical unit and strong partnerships with outside organizations and the city of Pittsburgh.

While Animal Friends is proud of its achievement, there’s still much more work to be done. The organization dreams of a day when pets are no longer needlessly euthanized in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

So Animal Friends will continue to bring affordable, high-quality surgeries to the pets in our region. And we’re prepared to step up our efforts even more.

Please join Animal Friends in celebrating this achievement. Sponsor a spay today! Visit to make a donation now! And together, our community can drive pet overpopulation out of Southwestern Pennsylvania…for good.

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