About Us

Fourteen years ago we began a long term commitment to privatize the county animal shelter. The goals we had were to increase adoptions and provide a better quality of life for shelter animals, and most of all help solve the animal overpopulation problems. We are happy to have success in all three areas.

To reduce the unwanted pet population coming into the shelter each year, we had to focus our resources on the front end of the animal overpopulation problem, birth. We agree with other animal experts that “you can’t adopt your way out of the animal overpopulation problem.” This focus directed our organization to take on the responsibility of establishing a Free Spay and Neuter Clinic for community owned dogs and cats.

Our free clinic was opened to the public at our animal shelter location on July 27, 2000. After the first year we started seeing a reduction in the number of unwanted animals coming into the shelter. This steady decline continued, and after five years of providing Free spays and neuters, we experienced a 51% reduction of unwanted animals coming into the shelter.

Spaying and Neutering your Community's owned Animals

All animal experts have agreed for years that spaying and neutering is the most important focus to help solve the unwanted animal overpopulation problem.  The HACC, Inc wanted to take this proposition one step further and test this idea at a public Animal Shelter.  The animal shelter would provide free spays and neuters to all the citizens living in the service area.  The goal of this test is to reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats coming into the animal shelter.

We believed that if Free spays and neuters were provided to all the citizens' animals living in the service area, the number of dogs and cats coming into the animal shelter would be reduced over time.  Before now, this was simply a belief of experts, but never tested over a long period to see if reducing unwanted pets would become a reality.

We are happy to report the attached data provides evidence of this success.  This data focuses on the total number of dogs and cats coming into the animal shelter for 15 years.  The 15 years of data begins April 1st, and ends March 31st each year.  Please see the year 2000 on each chart.  This is the year we opened our "Free" Spay and Neuter Clinic at the shelter, on July 27, 2000.  The charts show within 5 years of this date the population of dogs and cats coming into the animal shelter were reduced by almost 50% for the high of 1,642 and a 61% reduction last year.

We encourage readers of this information to get involved and make spaying and neutering of your community's dogs and cats a visible budget line item at your local animal shelter.


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