GAIN opens new, low-cost spay and neuter clinicWritten by Rebecca Elmore
Guam - Take a walk along puppy lane and instantly, you're greeted by furry friends.
This Heaven on earth for animal lovers is called GAIN , or Guam Animals In Need, which currently serves as the only animal shelter on Guam.
According to Alison Hadley, the Executive Director for GAIN, the nonprofit organization has been around on Guam since 1989.
“We provide sort of an outlet for the public if they find an animal that is a stray or perhaps has been injured or found on the side of the road, we are the place that they can bring the animal especially if they don't necessarily have the means to pay the veterinarian bill themselves,” she said.
But since then, there's been a few exciting changes at GAIN.
“We're very excited because we're starting our pilot project this is a five year program that we're doing in partnership with Humane International. We've essentially built a clinic onsite where you can do low cost spay neuter cost to the community. Starting next month and in April, we're booking starting today $45 spay and neuter, but we can drop the price to $30 if you're able to donate something to the shelter,” shares GAIN’s Board of Director President, Cyrus Luhr.
According to GAIN staff, their new program is a fixture that’s desperately needed here on Guam to address a greater need. Hadley told PNC that data collected from a 2014 survey by the International Humane Society indicates that Guam is at risk of overpopulation based on the sheer magnitude of stray animals on island.
“It was a street survey done for dogs only and they estimate that we have about 60,000 on island and about 24,500 are stray, so this spay and neuter clinic really has the goal and focus of assisting with the animal population issue that Guam is dealing with,” she says.
Apart from incredible health benefits such as a lower risk of both cancer and aggression in the animal, Luhr says the only way to tackle the overpopulation of strays on island can only be achieved via spay and neuter.
“It's extremely important because the only way you can reduce the stray dog population is by spaying and neutering 75% of the animals and our goal in partnership with is to spay and neuter over 75% of the animal population on Guam within the next five years. It is very ambitious but that's not going stop us from trying,” says Luhr.
For more information on GAIN’s spay and neuter clinic or questions on their adoption process, you can visit the shelter for same-day adoption or apply online at www.guamanimals.org.