Updated: Apr 22
One of our greatest passions at Animal Allies Humane Society is to share and spread Humane Education throughout our community. Today, we would like to share with you one of the biggest challenges facing stray and homeless pets and the caregivers who look after them; the recent restrictions placed on Spay and Neuter procedures in the state of Minnesota. (And many other states across the country.)
Thanks to COVID-19, non-emergency Spay and Neuter surgical procedures have been deemed non-essential and veterinarians and shelters across the state of Minnesota have been asked to and put a halt to all Spay and Neuter procedures.
How does this affect our community?
Every spring brings with it an onslaught of new baby kittens from stray and owned pets who have not been altered. Lovingly referred to in the animal welfare world as 'Kitten Season', this annual spring influx of baby kittens and mother cats puts a heavy burden on the resources of shelters and rescue groups. As homeless and stray pets are left unaltered and females go into heat, this year's Kitten Season is feared to overwhelm to our animal care providers.
Reacting to our current environment;
Our team has been reaching out to Governor Walz in an effort to have restrictions lifted on the current Spay and Neuter procedure requirements for shelter medicine. By allowing this exception, veterinarians will be able to neuter male cats- alleviating the long-term impact that the initial order will have on our pets and the animal welfare community. Neutering Male Cats does not require the types of PPE gear that hospitals rely on to care for human patients.
How can you help;
You can help save lives by reaching out to Governor Walz yourself using the text below. You can reach the Governor here through the information available online - choose email or send a paper letter.
Thank you for helping us communicate this important message to our Governor. It is our true hope that a compromise limiting the use of ppe supplies and providing these life-saving procedures can be reached.
Dear Governor Walz,
As a concerned Minnesota citizen, I would like to request a review of the restrictions contained in Executive Orders 20-16 and 20-17 regarding Spay and Neuter surgeries.
I ask that you consider an exemption that will allow veterinarians in Minnesota to perform surgeries to neuter male cats and dogs.
Spring is prime breeding season for stray cats and dogs to reproduce. NOW is a critical time to alter stray and feral animals in order to prevent an overwhelming population spike that will strain resources of animal care facilities and could lead to unsafe conditions throughout our communities. Neuter surgeries are less-invasive, requiring fewer resources to complete than Spay surgeries, which is why this specific exemption is being requested. By performing neuter surgeries, the overall opportunity for females to reproduce is reduced significantly.
This special exemption will save the lives of countless cats and dogs and alleviate unnecessary strain on the resources of humane societies and veterinarian clinics state wide.
Thank you for your consideration of this proposal. I believe strongly in the life-saving efforts of our animal welfare workers and trust that you will make the best decision.
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Animal Advocate and concerned supporter of Animal Allies Humane Society