To date, in our four core cities, we have spayed/neutered over 35,000 dogs and cats. In 2015 alone, Pets for Life has provided over 33,000 pet wellness services and supplies to families.
What also makes us proud is that Pets for Life has had an impact not just on the pets in communities but also on the people - people like JC Ramos. Early in the program, our staff and volunteers met JC, a resident of North Philadelphia, when we provided spay/neuter services for all of his dogs and cats. He immediately became a great advocate in the community for us, and both he and his wife, Elizabeth, started volunteering, helping us reach out to the Spanish speaking community. When we were looking for a new community organizer in 2013, we knew JC would be a perfect fit and an awesome addition to our team. Now as an employee of The HSUS, he is helping more people and pets.
In addition to the services it provides, one of the greatest impacts of Pets for Life has been that it has started conversations in neighborhoods on the benefits of spay/neuter, connected a new audience to adoption, and reached out to give support for communities that are often overlooked and truly animal service deserts.