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26K animals saved through Fix.Adopt.Save. program

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
by
Victoria Linssen

On Monday, March 1, 2016, Aaron Asmus, Sr. Program Manager of Grants and Adoptions for PetSmart Charities®, met with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, The Arizona Humane Society and Alliance for Companion Animals to announce the impact that the Fix.Adopt.Save program has on dramatically increasing the availability of no-cost spay/neuter services to reduce shelter intake and euthanasia. Partially funded by PetSmart Charities, the work of this great program has led to a 71% reduction in animal euthanasia in Phoenix, AZ since 2012. The full article, written by Tami Hoey can also be found here.  

Aaron Asmus and PetSmart Charities

Aaron Asmus at Fix Adopt Save event with PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities with Mayor Greg Stanton at FixAdoptSave event

PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) -

A three-year campaign to end pet homelessness in Maricopa County has shown some amazing results.

On Tuesday, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton announced that more than 26,000 animals have been saved through the Fix.Adopt.Save. campaign.

The campaign was run by an animal alliance group, comprised of seven animal welfare organizations.

Stanton says Fix.Adopt.Save has also successfully decreased euthanasia rates by 71 percent since 2012, saving over 26,000 dogs and cats.

Thanks to the campaign’s focus on increasing spay and neuter surgeries by offering free and low-cost options, there has been a 15% increase in spay/neuter surgeries which has helped decrease intake at alliance member shelters by 38 percent, about 32,000 animals. Representatives from the seven welfare groups will share these great results along with the overall state of animal welfare in Maricopa County.

“The alliance is very proud of the dramatic progress that has been made in the fight against pet homelessness. Without the support of our community and generous funders we wouldn’t have come this far. We still have much work to do and will remain focused and determined,” said Dr. Steven Hansen, President and CEO at the Arizona Humane Society and President of the Alliance for Companion Animals.

Launched in 2013, Fix.Adopt.Save. has focused on dramatically increasing the availability of low-cost and no-cost spay/neuter services to reduce shelter intake and euthanasia. Through funding partners PetSmart Charities, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and the Arizona Community Foundation, FAS has been successful in collaborating with community members and government agencies like the City of Phoenix to accomplish the goals that were set out three years ago.

“I’m proud, but not surprised, that so many organizations and community members have come together to help decrease the numbers of stray dogs and cats euthanized or put into shelters,” says Mayor Stanton. “But there is more work to be done, so please spread the word about the Fix.Adopt.Save. campaign so we can end pet homelessness not only in Phoenix, but in all of Maricopa County.”

The campaign will continue its efforts throughout 2016 and maintain its focus on spay/neuter surgeries, adoptions and Maricopa County’s most at-risk breeds, Chihuahuas and pit bulls.

About Fix.Adopt.Save.
Now in its third year, Fix.Adopt.Save. has reduced the euthanasia rate by 71% in Maricopa County, saving the lives of over 26,000 dogs and cats. With the community’s help, Fix.Adopt.Save. hopes to continue to save more lives until no pet is at risk. The campaign brings together seven local animal welfare groups, the Alliance for Companion Animals, to increase adoptions, spay/neuter services and fostering, while raising awareness about our homeless animal problem. The Alliance for Companion Animals includes the Altered Tails Barnhart Clinic, the Animal Defense League of Arizona, the Arizona Animal Welfare League, the Arizona HumaneSociety, HALO Animal Rescue, Maricopa County Animal Care & Control and the Phoenix Animal Care Coalition 911. To learn more and join our cause, visit www.fixadoptsave.org.