How Lincoln Animal Ambassadors Addresses Animal Homelessness

A note of thanks for all your assistance with getting our puppy, Sunshine, spayed. Your help was invaluable– especially when she went into heat. You saved us!  Keep being awesome.–Danielle

One service offered by Lincoln Animal Ambassadors is a low-cost spay/neuter program for Lancaster County, Nebraska, who are unable to pay the full cost of altering their pets. There are many health benefits to having a pet fixed. Spaying and neutering reduces the risk of infection and of cancer in both males and females. It curbs undesirable behaviors such as aggression and the insatiable desire to seek attention from the opposite sex. Finally, when it comes to cats, it helps to minimize a tendency of either sex to roam and of male cats to spray in the house. Healthy pets also make for happier pets and owners. And of course the most important reason to spay/neuter is to help end animal homelessness.

Just want to thank you all for your recent help with neutering costs. A beautiful young female came onto my farm this spring. In less than a week I noticed she was pregnant. She had her litter of kittens outdoors, because she doesn’t like to be indoors for more than a few minutes. The family now spends a good deal of time on my back porch. The two kittens who survived were neutered with the help of your vouchers. I had the mother spayed at my own expense in July. I feel responsible now that my feline population is in check. Your help made this warm, fuzzy feeling possible.–Gayle

The number of unwanted animal is heartbreaking. To cite just two stats: 2.4 million dogs and cats are euthanized (killed) each year because of overpopulation. In addition, there are estimated to be 70 million homeless dogs and cats. By making spaying and neutering more affordable, Lincoln Animal Ambassadors is addressing the root cause of homelessness.

Hi Pauline. I wanted to let you know that I received the voucher and printed it off. Thanks for this type of program. I’ve been worrying for the last 2/3 months about how I’ll be able to afford to fix my dog. This help is amazing and very much appreciated.–Heather

Pauline Balta’s duties as the coordinator of LAA’s spay/neuter program include working with vet clinics. I asked two of the participating vets why their clinic works with Lincoln Animal Ambassadors. Both stressed the importance of preventative care. Dr. Megan Ehlers stated, “It is important to offer anything that is preventative. Vaccines, parasiticides, routine parasite screening, and spay/neuter options are all important to aid in prevention of diseases that are expensive and difficult to treat.” Dr. Kimberly Ehlers noted, “Our involvement with Lincoln Animal Ambassadors involves performing spays and neuters on these pets, as well as other procedures that may be necessary such as hernia repairs. We do require that the pets are vaccinated and that dogs over 6 months are tested for heartworm, but these requirements are good for proper health care of your pet anyway and should be done regardless of whether the pet is spayed or neutered.”

Thank you so much for helping me get my kitty cat spayed. You are providing such an amazing service. Lyndsay

Making use of Lincoln Animal Ambassadors’s low-cost spay/neuter program is simple. To have your name added to the waiting list, complete the form at Lincoln Animal Ambassadors’ website or leave a message at 402-817-1168. A volunteer will call you to conduct a short interview that will include your selection of a participating vet clinic. You will then receive your voucher in the mail, and then it will be your responsibility to make an appointment with the chosen vet.

Since Lincoln Animal Ambassadors began its low-cost spay/neuter program in 2010, over 2,700 pets have been serilized. Sadly, in February of this year, Lincoln Animal Ambassadors was forced to reduce the number of vouchers it provides to pet owners in need. On Give to Lincoln Day, please give generously so that even more pets can be helped, and so that together the Lincoln community can help reduce pet overpopulation.

Thank you, I have indeed received the voucher! Please know that your efforts are much appreciated and that I’ll continue to encourage spaying and neutering!–Kacy



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