The focus of the ASPCA National Spay/Neuter Project is to expand the availability of high quality, high volume spay/neuter services in communities that currently do not have sufficient access to affordable services. Our preference is to work with agencies serving a population of fewer than 250,000 people within a 60-mile area.
Agencies participating in the project receive comprehensive training, at no cost, in the medical and administrative aspects of providing spay/neuter services. Significant grant opportunities are also available to underwrite startup costs, including capital equipment purchases and travel for training.
Selecting the Best Program Model
The ASPCA consults with you to select the most appropriate type of spay/neuter program for your community. We will recommend one of three high-quality, high-volume clinic models:
- In-clinic spay/neuter clinics
- MASH-style spay/neuter clinic
- Mobile spay/neuter clinics
You can learn more about the features of these models here.
Training in Your Program Model
With a program model selected, ASPCA experts offer training that occurs both in New York and in your community:
- New York City: Your staff receives four days of training in New York. The visiting team works alongside ASPCA surgeons in mobile and MASH-style spay/neuter clinics around the city. Training also includes administrative and budgetary workshops for your clinic director, helping ensure the success of your clinic. The costs associated with training and travel to New York City are fully subsidized.
- Your Community: The ASPCA spay/neuter team travels to your community and spends a week training your staff in your clinic model. The ASPCA team supervises the staff as you launch your program, and may also return for additional training several months later. The team focuses on working with your staff to increase their effectiveness as a team and to utilize the skills they are taught in New York.
Throughout the process of starting up your program, you receive the benefits of the ASPCA's
- expertise in high quality, high volume spay/neuter
- relationships with grant-making organizations, including PetSmart Charities, Inc.
- relationships with vendors of the equipment and supplies your program will need; this includes specially negotiated vendor pricing
- experience with hiring veterinarians and other staff
- guidance on working out the logistics of the daily operations of your program
- financial support for capital purchases
A key feature of the ASPCA National Spay/Neuter Project is the support client communities receive after training is complete.
- The ASPCA Communities Manager works closely with your clinic director and veterinarians to ensure the health of your clinic.
- Regular statistical reports, meetings, and retraining opportunities allow your clinic to maintain high levels of performance and, with the help of the ASPCA staff, make certain you meet your spay/neuter goals year after year.
- A full series of webinars helps you address the issues commonly encountered by new clinics, and plan for the future.