A great time was had Thursday night, December 2, at the new Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic and Cat Adoption Center. Past president and long time supporter Geri Lee, ambassador for the Chico Chamber of Commerce, MC’d the event and approximately 60 people came to celebrate with us.
I had one enthusiastic woman say to me “this is the end of homelessness for so many animals”. She could not be more on the money…it truly is!
After looking at models all over the country, in an effort to cut down on pet homelessness and euthanasia, we decided as an animal rescue organization we would take the risk and open a Low Cost Spay & Neuter facility. This model in other cities have realized a a significant decrease in animals entering shelters and in some cases a negative population growth. While we won’t see the effects of this for a few years, it is a start and it was a risk we were willing to take for the animals.
The event was fantastic. Supporters included many Chamber ambassadors, Mayor Anne Shwab, our Assistant City Manager – John Rucker, Jaime Veglia from the Police Department, our dedicated volunteers and staff and long time donors and supporters. It was a wonderful turnout.
I think what I was most excited about is that we had 60 people in the room dedicated to making sure that the word of Spay and Neuter is spread in our community. We were able to reach out to people who had no idea that we take in 19 more animals per 1000 people than the majority of shelters in the country. They had no idea that we perform low cost vaccinations and microchipping. It was a great opportunity for us to talk about the good work that Butte Humane Society does and recognize our amazing volunteers and staff.
I would also like to recognize three of the most deserving of praise for putting this clinic together; Armeda Ferrini, Judy Alberico and Barbara Smith. Their dedication and drive to make the clinic and shelter happen was insurmountable. They worked night and day for months on end to make it happen and we thank them for that…we truly do.
It is truly a celebration to have this facility in our community and we hope that you all embrace us and help us make it a success.
The following is a link to the pricing and details of the clinic and Cat Adoption Center.
I look forward to seeing many of you out there soon.