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Maddie's Fund helps Mobile's animal control

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The City of Mobile Animal Shelter hasn't euthanized
a healthy animal in a year.

Maddie was a happy Miniature Schnauzer who lived and died in California and never set foot in Alabama; yet, Maddie’s generous spirit is hard at work in the City of Mobile Animal Shelter. To thank Maddie for her love and devotion, Maddie’s owners, Dave and Cheryl Duffield, started a foundation in her name to help other companion animals across America. In 2005, Mobile became one of the many cities to receive a grant from Maddie’s Fund.

Mobile’s city shelter is a participant in Maddie’s Pet Rescue Project and receives subsidies for every healthy animal adopted out instead of euthanized. The Mobile SPCA is the lead agency for the project and has devoted nearly all of its resources to finding homes for all the city shelter’s healthy animals. Since September 2008, the city shelter has not euthanized a single healthy animal.

Maddie’s Fund also recognizes the importance of spaying and neutering animals to reduce unwanted animal populations. The Alabama Veterinary Medical Association, along with 25 private practice veterinary hospitals, is participating in Maddie’s Spay/Neuter Project, which allows veterinarians to subsidize these expensive surgeries for anyone who qualifies for Medicaid. A complete list of participating veterinarians can be found on the Mobile SPCA’s website at www.mobilespca.org. With your Medicaid card, it will only cost $10 to fix a cat and $20 for a dog.

Spaying and neutering animals is especially important in the South, where warm weather allows animals to breed for up to 10 months. In the North, cold weather cuts the breeding season short and acts as a natural euthanasia, killing unwanted animals before they ever make it to the shelter. In Mobile, where the weather has little effect on stray animals, spaying and neutering is the best tool for managing the animal population.

Read more about Mobile's animal shelters in this week's Lagniappe.

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