Denver Dumb Friends League (DDFL) celebrated a major milestone by June, 2014 after officially performing 50,000 spay and neuter surgeries in their mobile spay clinics. This achievement prevented tens of thousands unwanted litters.
The first mobile clinic, named the Meow Mobile went into service in 2005. The Meow Mobile is a 33-foot, custom spay/neuter clinic built by LaBoit, a manufacturer in Columbus, Ohio. This state-of-the-art surgery suite on wheels has two surgery tables, a surgery prep table, built-in kennels and a fully functional office work space with computer. A second unit,the Lulu Mobile, began offering services throughout our community two years later. Each clinic offers subsidized spay/neuter services paid for my DDFL donors. The clinics are in areas throughout metro Denver six days a week. Dog surgeries are $50 for income-qualifying patrons. (Cat spay/neuter surgeries are free). Qualifications for the subsidized services are:
Please bring a printed copy of one of the following qualifying documents when you check in:
Quest or EBT card
Paycheck stub (showing income of no more than $769 per paycheck)
Income-tax return form (showing income of no more than $40,000 per year)
Financial aid award notice
Unemployment check stub (with current date)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) ID or letter
The clinics accept cash, check or charge for payment. Donations are greatly appreciated(scroll to bottom).
“We’re so grateful to all of our partners in the community who host our clinics at their businesses, as well as our donors and the many volunteer veterinarians who have devoted their time and talent to helping the pets and people in our community,” said Tracy Koss, outreach manager for the Dumb Friends League. “Without all of them, this program would not exist.”
In addition, Meow Mobile and Lulu Mobile travel to rural areas of Colorado to reach communities where spay/neuter resources are either limited or nonexistent. The League also does grassroots outreach to under-served communities in the metro area to educate people on the benefits of spaying/neutering their pets and the resources available.
Since 2007, the number of homeless animals entering Dumb Friends League shelters has decreased by 24.4 percent—a lifesaving statistic that the League believes is due, in part, to comprehensive spay/neuter outreach programs to reduce pet overpopulation. Yet there’s still much work to be done. For a first-hand account of the reality of dogs (and cats) surrendered to shelters, read this letter from a shelter manager.
“We’re proud of what we’ve achieved so far and the lives we’ve saved, but pet overpopulation is still a very big issue, particularly for cats,” said Koss. “It will take all of us as a community working together to address the problem at a higher level and reduce the number of homeless pets coming into shelters.”
Moving forward, the Dumb Friends League’s goal is to perform 10,000 spay/neuter surgeries on its mobile clinics in the next year and continue to work collaboratively with fellow shelters, the veterinary community and animal welfare organizations to serve as a resource for pet owners.
To learn more about the Dumb Friends League’s mobile spay/neuter clinics and view a schedule of dates and locations, visit ddfl.org/services. For more information, visit ddfl.org or call (303) 751-5772.
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