Animal overpopulation serious concern

Not a day goes by that I do not receive a phone call from someone who needs help with an animal. In talking to the callers it is clear the so-called unseen epidemic of pet overpopulation is being seen in Clovis and the surrounding areas.

The state Legislature appropriated funds that allowed the low-cost spay and neuter van to come to Clovis for the first time in 2007. All available surgery slots were filled less than two days from the time we announced the van was coming.

The Winston Foundation and Clovis Animal Welfare League (CAWL) each brought the van back to Clovis on separate occasions earlier this year. On both of those visits, the slots were booked before the van’s arrival was even announced as a result of demand from the previous visit.

We are a small group and a lot of fundraising is involved with bringing the van here. The cost per day for the van to be here is $2,000.

Demand for low-cost spay and neuter services are overwhelming in this area and I regret having to tell even one person that we can’t help their animal.

CAWL is committed to working toward ending the epidemic of pet overpopulation in our area and I am asking for patience in understanding it will not happen overnight.

No companion animal should be born to die and I hope I will see the day when that does not have to happen.