Adoption alone is not the answer to pet overpopulation. Spay and neuter of the pets of low-income families and free-roaming/feral cats results in fewer animals being born and fewer animals entering local animal shelters.
From its founding in late 2001 through 2007, Peninsula Spay/Neuter Project facilitated over 10,000 spays and neuters of pet cats and dogs, as well as feral and free-roaming cats. This was done with a volunteer staff.
PSNP was the first organization in the Puget Sound region to focus on pit bull overpopulation. Over 300 dogs were sterilized free of charge in 2006 and 2007.
PSNP was the first organization in Pierce County to focus on the overpopulation of feral and free-roaming cats. Over 5,200 cats were sterilized via trap/neuter/return between 2001–2007.
On March 3rd, 2008, PSNP opened the first low-cost, high-volume, high-quality spay/neuter clinic in the Puget Sound Region and officially changed its name to Coalition: HUMAnE (Humans United to Minimize Animal Euthanasia).
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“No other disease or condition of companion animals takes as many lives as euthanasia. In fact, no other disease comes close.”
Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhD, Cornell University
Our ever-growing surgery schedule brought with it the challenge of working in increasingly cramped quarters. In 2011, our dedicated staff performed nearly 11,000 surgeries in just 2,400 square feet. With the clinic lease expiring in November of 2012 and a goal to perform at least 12,000 surgeries that year, our board and staff decided it was the perfect opportunity to take a hard look at whether our current building could continue to adequately serve our mission and goals. The conclusion was quickly drawn that it was time to start looking into the possibility of purchasing our very own building.
Many prospective buildings were viewed and at the beginning of 2012, the perfect match was finally found. On March 23rd, 2012 the papers were signed to finalize the purchase of our new building at 6401 Pacific Ave in Tacoma. To optimize our potential for growth, and get the word out to all those in need of our services, we decided to roll out a new name — Northwest Spay & Neuter Center — and brand to coincide with the opening of our new building.
Thanks to the hard work of many contractors, supporters, board, staff, and volunteers the dream of Northwest Spay & Neuter Center became a reality when its doors opened for business on January 7th, 2013. Our new building, located at 6401 Pacific Avenue in Tacoma, boasts nearly three times the space of our old clinic and will allow us to perform up to 30,000 surgeries annually. It has several features which were absent at our first clinic including separate wards for owned and rescue animals, dedicated rabbit and feral cat wards, separate dog and cat entrances, and two state of the art surgery suites. It also provides us with the space to start a transport program which will allow us to pick up and return animals to client within a 70 mile radius of the clinic. Read more about our new location.
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