Over 26,000 animals saved through Fix.Adopt.Save. campaign

(submitted photo)

(submitted photo)

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton joined Fix.Adopt.Save. on Tuesday, March 1 to announce the results to date of the coalition’s three-year campaign to end pet homelessness in Maricopa County.

The animal alliance group, comprised of seven animal welfare organizations, shared that it has successfully decreased euthanasia rates by 71 percent since 2012, saving over 26,000 dogs and cats, according to a press release.

Thanks to the campaign’s focus on increasing spay and neuter surgeries by offering free and low-cost options, there has been a 15 percent increase in spay/neuter surgeries which has helped decrease intake at alliance member shelters by 38 percent, the equivalent to roughly 32,000 animals. Representatives from the seven welfare groups all spoke on these great results along with the overall state of animal welfare in Maricopa County.

Mayor Greg Stanton (submitted photo)

Mayor Greg Stanton (submitted photo)

“The alliance is very proud of the dramatic progress that has been made in the fight against pet homelessness,” stated Dr. Steven Hansen, president and CEO at the Arizona Humane Society and president of the Alliance for Companion Animals, in the release. “Without the support of our community and generous funders we wouldn’t have come this far. We still have much work to do and will remain focused and determined.”

Launched in 2013, Fix.Adopt.Save. has focused on dramatically increasing the availability of low-cost and no-cost spay/neuter services to reduce shelter intake and euthanasia. Through funding partners PetSmart Charities, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and the Arizona Community Foundation, FAS has been successful in collaborating with community members and government agencies like the city of Phoenix to accomplish the goals that were set out three years ago.

“It is no surprise at all that the Fix.Adopt.Save. campaign has been a huge success,” stated Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “A 71 percent drop in euthanasia—that is staggering, so on behalf of myself, the council and 1.5 million citizens of Phoenix, a job well done by members of this alliance.”

The campaign will continue its efforts throughout 2016 and maintain its focus on spay/neuter surgeries, adoptions and Maricopa County’s most at-risk breeds, Chihuahuas and pit bulls, the release stated.

“This is what it looks like when great community leaders come together on a difficult issue and come up with creative solutions,” stated Mayor Stanton in the release.

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