Helping Reduce the Local Euthanasia Rates thru Low Cost Spay/Neuter
Our Mission Statement
To significantly reduce the overpopulation problems and high euthanasia rates of felines and canines by providing low cost spaying and neutering programs.
To provide education programs focusing on the necessity of spaying and neutering as a means of controlling domesticated and feral populations
To provide assistance to unowned, injured animals.
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History and Successes
Love Your Pet Banquet held in February.
April – Grand Opening of the new stand alone Spay/Neuter Clinic. By years end more than 3,000 spay/neuters were completed. That compares to 1,200 to 1,500 per year prior to the opening of the Clinic.
August – Clinic Open House.
Another successful Love Your Pet Banquet.
Advisory Board was formed.
A study was conducted to determine the feasibility of operating a stand alone Spay/Neuter facility. Based on grants from The Herman Bennett Foundation and PetSmart Charities and very generous donations from our supporters, the Board of Directors approved proceeding with the project.
Fifth annual ‘Love Your Pet’ banquet is held and is sold out.
The third annual wine tasting is held and approximately 80 persons are in attendance.
The fourth annual ‘Love Your Pet’ banquet was help and sold out to over 200 patrons. The second annual wine tasting fundraising event is held and approximately 80 persons are in attendance.
VvCCNC assisted with the launching of a spay and neuter clinic in Northern California. (Siskiyou County)
The third annual ‘Love Your Pet’ banquet was held on February 12, 2005 and sold out. The VVCCNC sponsored educational plan is well received in the elementary school level. A wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres fundraiser was held at a private home in August of 2005. It was attended by approximately 60 patrons.
A fourth newsletter promoting the March 2004 Banquet was mailed January 2004.
The second annual fundraising banquet was held on March 13th, 2004. As with the first banquet, it was held at a local country club and included a black-tie optional dinner with dancing. The price was once again $125 per ticket. One-hundred and forty four (144) people attended. Fifty-seven (57) items were donated for the silent auction, and a raffle of a 7-day Hawaii trip was once again included.
The VVCCNC sponsored education plan approved by the Simi Valley School District during 2003 began in 2004.
The first ‘Love Your Pet Banquet’ was held on February 7, 2003. One hundred and sixty guests enjoyed dinner and dancing, and took part in a silent auction and raffle.
The event generated a net contribution to the VVCCNC.
VVCCNC applied for grants to help with the communication and expansion of their program.
Outreach continued with a television advertising spot. In addition, a series of mailings (8-1/2” x 6” postcard) was sent to 10,000 Simi Valley residents. These postcards were used to advise residents of the availability of low-cost spay and neuter services for families and/or individuals in financial need.
Only one Spay day was held in 2003. Demand for low-cost surgeries was low enough that all surgeries could be done during regular business hours, typically one morning a week, at the Valley Veterinary Clinic by a veterinarian paid by VVCCNC. VVCCNC continued to fund all owned low-cost dog and cat spay and neuter surgeries. All feral cat surgeries not covered by donations from caretakers have been paid for by VVCCNC since June 2002.
The once-a-month Spay Days continued through 2002.
In addition, considerable organizational work was undertaken during the first half of 2002 by VVCCNC. The formation of VVCCNC Mission Statement, Goals, fundraising requirements, as well as the creation of a logo were made during this time. Accounting procedures and arrangements for payment from VVCCNC to Valley Veterinary Clinic for services performed were instituted. The first newsletter was designed, written, produced and mailed to approximately 7,800 Valley Veterinary Clinic clients in the summer of 2002, introducing VVCCNC, and requesting donations to assist with the work.
An education program was designed by VVCCNC late in 2002. Schoolchildren at twenty six public and private elementary schools in the Simi Valley area were selected to be to be tutored about the need for pet population control and the correct care of pets.
VVCCNC started a Benevolent Fund during 2002. Ten percent of the average daily cash balance of VVCCNC is transferred to the Benevolent Fund each year. In addition, Valley Veterinary Clinic committed to donate $10.00 to VVCCNC for every owned pet euthanized at Valley Veterinary Clinic. An “In Memoriam” card was designed to be sent to each owner of these euthanized pets advising of the donation in memory of their pet. The Benevolent Fund is used to treat unowned, injured animals.
February 2002, VVCCNC organized the first ‘Love Your Pet Banquet’ to raise funds. The second newsletter, sent out in late 2001, advertised this event.
The Board decided that VVCCNC should expand to include the spaying and neutering of dogs. This program was started in December 2002, with the dogs’ surgery being funded by VVCCNC and held during regular operating hours at Valley Veterinary Clinic.
The 2002 euthanasia figures were encouraging with only 298 cats from Simi Valley being euthanized. In addition, 311 dogs from Simi Valley were euthanized.
The once-a-month Spay Days continued during 2001.
A dedicated group of volunteers worked at every Spay Day, but difficulties were encountered in finding veterinarians willing to donate their services for the Spay Days with Dr. L. L. Novy.
Due to the large financial burden being borne by Dr. Novy, a Nonprofit Corporation was formed. VVCCNC received its IRS 501(c)(3) designation in September, 2001. Dr. Novy formed the Board of Directors for VVCCNC, which held its first meeting on May 8th, 2001.
Spay days were held on one Sunday of every month during 2000.
A meeting was held with the City Manager of Simi Valley and the Director of Ventura County Animal Regulation informing these agencies of the spay and neuter program.. The City Manager agreed that in 2000, 2001, and 2002, Simi Valley residents would receive a notice in their water bill, outlining the low-cost spay and neuter services. The cost was paid for by Valley Veterinary Clinic.
The cat euthanasia figures dropped to 504 for the year 2000. Dog euthanasias were 480 for the year.
Five Spay Days were scheduled in 1999.
An accelerated outreach program was implemented. Volunteers handed out flyers door to door advertising the scheduled Spay Day surgeries.
Only one other veterinarian agreed to hold a Spay Day, and difficulties were encountered in receiving donations of supplies from the drug companies.
An aggressive feral cat-trapping program was instituted. Feral cats at known cat colonies and in backyards were trapped. A ‘Maddie Fund’ grant to the California Veterinary Medical Association allowed feral cat surgeries to be funded and paid to veterinarians wishing to assist with feral cat surgeries. These funds were available to Valley Veterinary Clinic from July 1999 through June 2002.
All spay day costs not covered by grants were borne by Dr. L.L. Novy, the owner of Valley Veterinary Clinic.
Six hundred and forty one cats had been euthanized in Simi Valley during 1999. The decision was made to hold Spay Days once a month in an attempt to significantly reduce this figure.
While not specifically focusing on dogs at this particular time, the tracking of euthanasia figures continued, with 614 dogs euthanized in 1999.
Another large scale Spay Day was held at Valley Veterinary Clinic in 1998
Other veterinarians throughout Ventura County were approached asking them to consider holding their own Spay Days. Four veterinarians in neighboring cities agreed to sponsor their own large scale Spay Days and were assisted by Dr. Novy and Diane Bentz. Dr. Novy purchased 40 additional instrument packs needed for the Spay Days. These packs were used by the various animal clinics at their Spay Days.
A year end review of euthanasia rates showed that 842 cats from Simi Valley had been euthanized during 1998, up from the number in 1997.
It was decided that five large scale spay days would be held in 1999. In addition, it was noted that 660 dogs were euthanized during 1998.
With Dr. Novy’s approval and support, Valley Veterinary Clinic sponsored a large scale Spay Day in 1997, aimed at reducing the high euthanasia rates in Simi Valley. Feral cats were to be spayed/neutered for free. Cats owned by families in financial need were to be spayed/neutered for $5.00.
Drug companies were successfully approached, asking for their donations of surgical supplies such as suture material, scalpel blades, surgical gloves, etc. The event was advertised in newspaper articles, signs placed at Social Security offices, in laundromats, apartment complexes and at local churches that assisted the homeless. Volunteers were recruited to help with the logging in and out of animals and assisting with the recuperation after surgery.
At the end of the year, a review of the euthanasia rates from Ventura County Animal Regulation showed that the spay day had not changed the euthanasia rates, which remained high – 736 cats from Simi Valley had been euthanized during 1997.
It was decided that in 1998, another Spay Day should be held.
Late in 1996, Diane Bentz, an R.V.T. at Valley Veterinary Clinic, approached the owner of Valley Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Lowell Novy and informed him of a recent project by Doris Day’s animal organization. In an attempt to lower high cat euthanasia rates, they had committed to holding spay and neuter clinics and requested all animal groups nationwide to sponsor the holding of “Spay Days”, when low cost spay and neuter surgeries would be offered to local residents.