Spay/Neuter Challenge can let you help solve animal overpopulation



Have you ever seen a homeless dog or cat and wished you could do something to help them? Well, here’s your chance. You can help by being part of our second Spay/Neuter Challenge.

Two years ago, we issued this challenge, and got a great response from you. And during 2015, we were able to spay or neuter 905 dogs and cats, and two rabbits, because of the donations we received. Most people do recognize the need to sterilize dogs and cats, but many cannot afford the expense. That is the reason for this challenge.

The No. 1 cause of death of dogs and cats is euthanasia in shelters because of overpopulation. Eight-hundred dogs and cats are euthanized every hour, nationwide, because there are just so many of them. Spaying/neutering with vaccines is the No. 1 way to markedly decrease the overpopulation crisis and number of intakes and deaths in shelters, and to protect animals from diseases such as rabies.


THAT’S WHAT Friends Are For Inc. (a local tax-exempt, nonprofit organization) believes that through widespread spaying/neutering, we can dramatically reduce euthanasia rates and homelessness among companion animals. We have been holding fund-raising events and helping rescue groups and individuals with general expenses of animal rescue work and spaying/neutering since 2009, and we continue to accept donations year-round to help us with this endeavor.

Kerri Fickling, a woman in Macon, spent $110,000 of her own money to spay/neuter 2,000 dogs two years ago. This is an amazing example of compassion and generosity. She was given low rates for the surgeries – $55 each – so that she could sterilize more dogs. She did this out of kindness, because she could not stand by and do nothing while so many animals are lost because of the crisis of overpopulation. We still applaud her efforts.

Here is the challenge: If one person can spend $110,000 of her own money, how much money can the citizens and business people of Augusta and the CSRA raise for our spay/neuter program? We challenge you to help us raise $100,000 for spaying/neutering companion animals. Think of it: If we work together on this challenge, we can raise enough money to stop the cycle of litter after
litter being born, perpetuating the overpopulation crisis. Each and every one of us really can make a difference. No donation is too small.


MAKING A donation to That’s What Friends Are For Inc. for the Spay/Neuter Challenge is easy with cash or checks, or using PayPal on our website, Donations can be taken to the Village Deli, or mailed to us directly to That’s What Friends Are For Inc., P.O. Box 9460, Augusta, GA 30906. You can rest assured that all of the funds that go into this account are spent on animal rescue work, and mostly spaying/neutering. We all are volunteers; no one in our organization is compensated. It truly is all about the animals to us.

So there really is something you can do to help: Be a part of the solution.

That’s what friends are for, isn’t it?

Thank you so much for your support. Let’s do it!


(The writer – co-owner of the Village Deli in Augusta – is the founder and president of the animal rescue group That’s What Friends Are For.)



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