Arkansans for Animals, Inc. (AFA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Arkansas' animals through public and professional education, legislation and low-cost services to address the homeless pet population and reduce euthanasia in our shelters.
AFA is also the state's largest provider of affordable and accessible care through our spay/neuter programs such as our Operation SaVE (Sterilization and Vaccination Effort) which provide high quality sterilizations and wellness services for the pets of Arkansans, sheltered animals and community cats. Our programs have provided over 130,000 pets with services since 1996.
We believe that every pet needs and deserves high-quality veterinary care to keep them healthy and happy for their entire lives. But we know that sometimes spay/neuter procedures and basic care like vaccinations and flea and heartworm prevention are financially out of reach and inaccessible in some communities. We're here to change that.
We believe that making spay/neuter services and preventive veterinary care more affordable and accessible improves the lives of animals and the people who love them. We also believe it is the single most important strategy to end the unnecessary euthanasia of homeless pets in the United States.
Accidental litters from dogs and cats that haven't been spayed or neutered are flooding into shelters across Arkansas. In most communities, these homeless puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats are put up for adoption. The ones that don't find new homes are euthanized to make room for more homeless pets. Every year, only about half of our homeless and lost pets are adopted into new homes or returned to their owners. The other half is killed, making shelter euthanasia a leading cause of preventable death for dogs and cats in the U.S.
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