In midsummer 2015, a woman found a tiny black-and-white kitten dragging himself alongside a busy road in West Virginia. She brought the kitten to NHES’ flagship animal rescue facility, The Briggs Animal Adoption Center (BAAC), where it was quickly determined that the kitten, later named “Scooter,” was severely dehydrated, infested with fleas, and suffering from bacterial infections in both eyes. Scooter’s front left leg was so badly injured that it was later amputated. On top of all this, Scooter also tested positive for FIV, an incurable virus most commonly affecting free-roaming cats. That’s when a BAAC employee stepped up to adopt this precious boy, and today he lives a happy life surrounded by a family who loves him.
While Scooter suffered immensely during his time as a stray, he is one of the lucky ones. Millions of free-roaming and stray companion animals are struck by vehicles, succumb to extreme temperatures, or are ravaged by starvation and disease. Many of them never reach an animal shelter, and those who do are not always adopted. As shelters fill and overfill, facilities must close their doors to new intakes or begin euthanizing to make room for new arrivals. Current estimates indicate that 11,000 dogs and cat are euthanized in animal shelters every day in the U.S.
Fortunately, there is a solution. In addition to animal adoption, commitment to spay and neuter as a society is the only way to stop the crisis of animal overpopulation. In observance of National Prevent-A-Litter Month, NHES would like to encourage you to take the following steps to prevent a litter, and save a life: