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Get Your Fix

By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views

About a year ago, I wrote a story about FiXit, a 501c3 formed by Kellie Heckman and Stephanie Down. Kellie and Stephanie got a grant to study pet owners living on St. Croix about their attitudes and concerns regarding spaying/neutering pets.  We learned that the attitudes of the people on this Caribbean island were a lot like ours in the 1970s; many people didn’t bother spaying or neutering their cats and dogs.

This dog was fixed by FiXit.

The euthanasia rate in the 1970s was around 12 million a year. Today, between 4 and 5 million cats and dogs are killed each year at animal shelters. We know that there is a direct link between spay/neuter and lower euthanasia rates. Just imagine if we all spayed/neutered our pets and didn’t shop at pet stores or support breeders, the kill rate would be even lower.

FiXit’s goal is to make spay and neuter affordable to everyone, and to eventually eliminate the use of euthanasia. To do this FiXit is recruiting volunteers in four major U.S. markets to help with its initiative. “We are thrilled to expand our volunteer network to save the lives of more dogs and cats around the country,” says Kellie Heckman, executive director, FiXiT Foundation. “Our volunteers are the foundation of our efforts to save the lives of the four million animals that are killed by euthanasia each year due to companion animal overpopulation.”

This is a FiXit cat needing to be fixed.

The FiXiT Foundation is launching Street Teams in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix to reduce the high rates of euthanasia in these cities. Initially, volunteers will promote GetYourFix as a resource for people that need help with the expense of spay and neuter, and they will help the animals in their communities by building relationships among surgery sponsors, volunteers, veterinary clinics, and pet owners. To participate in the Street Team network, volunteers must commit to a minimum of 15 hours per month for a minimum of six-months.

For those interested in joining a Street Team, click here. http://www.getyourfix.org.

Matching Making in Other Cities
Kellie and Stephanie are working hard to match people in need with people who generously agree to foot the bill for spay/neuter services.  “Get Your Fix.org  targets people who can’t afford spay and neuter services and matches them with people who can donate to cover these costs,” says Kellie.

The match making is just starting, and the women are working hard to find donors.  To become a donor, click here.

Fixing Cats and Dogs
Thanks to a grant and lots of incentives spay/neuter services are up. Spaying/neutering pets on St. Croix is free. “When we switched from charging $25 for spaying/neutering a pet to no cost, we not only increased spaying/neutering, we found that residents developed a relationship with their pet’s veterinarians,” says Kellie.

For more information about FiXit, click here.

25 comments to Get Your Fix

  • Patti

    Go FiXit! What a great program! Thanks for sharing this info. The high cost of spay/neuter is nothing compared to the high cost of raising and so many pets. Euthanasia is also costly. It makes total sense to have a free or very low cost spay/neuter program. This way our pets will be healthier and the kill rate will be down.

  • Walt

    Great post! We need to make spay/neuter free for all.

  • Betsy

    I volunteer at a shelter, and people who can’t afford to fix their pets often wind up dropping off unwanted pups and kittens. Thank you FiXit.

  • Jan

    The overwhelming reason that people don’t spay or neuter is that they can’t afford it and don’t have transportation. These kinds of programs are invaluable.

  • Nancy

    Wish there were more programs like FiXit! We need you.

  • I totally agree with you Jan!–Best, Michele

  • Ginger

    We urgently need more programs like this!

  • Maryanne

    Great post. We hope you will expand your network into other parts of the country.

  • Ellen

    We need more programs like FiXit around the world. It will keep our pets healthy.

  • Josie

    Wish they would come to my neck of the woods.

  • Kelly

    Thanks FiXit! We need more nonprofits like you. Spay/Neuter is the only way to go. And TNR is ideal too.

  • tom

    Thanks Michele! Great post. Glad to learn about FiXit.

  • Lesley

    Glad they got the grant to do their research. And I hope to see their matchmaking services in action.

  • Sandrea

    This is fantastic! I hope it’s able to spread out.

  • Robin

    I love what FiXit is doing. These two women used to work at PETA, I guess there are some sane PETA workers. They have a good vision.

  • Donald

    We just adopted a dog from a shelter that didn’t have him fixed. What a shame! It should be mandatory. Thank you FiXit for doing what you are doing.

  • Larry

    My neighbor didn’t fix her cat, and she let her go outdoors. I hate when people are irresponsible.

  • Marshall

    Great post. I love your site Michele. & Go FiXit!!

  • Michelle

    Agreed. This is a good nonprofit.

  • Alison

    FiXit should be in every town.

  • Eva

    We got our fix. We always spay and neuter our pets! Thanks!

  • Naomi

    Spay/Neuter is the only way to go.

  • Winnie

    Great work Kellie and Stephanie. Thank you on behalf of the cats and dogs.

  • Georgia

    Great post. I’m glad to learn about FiXit. This should be everywhere.

  • Rhonda

    Spay and neuter every animal you can get your hands on! We have low-cost spay/neuter programs in our area, but people still are not seeking them out or know about them. Education is so important. Keep spreading the good word. “They might not be broke, but they sure need fixin’.” Me