Stella & Chewy’s Funds Spay & Neuter Program in Milwaukee Area
16 years ago, Stella & Chewy’s was inspired by 2 rescue dogs who thrived after being fed a high-quality diet. Our commitment to providing best-in-class nutrition remains, but we’re also dedicated to raising awareness about adoption and improving the lives of homeless animals in shelters across the country.
Stella & Chewy’s is proud to announce our new partnership with Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC). MADACC cares for nearly 10,000 homeless pets every year, and Stella & Chewy’s has donated $25,000 to help them in their diligent efforts to improve the lives of pets in their community.
This donation will fund up to 400 free spay/neuter surgeries and rabies vaccines for dogs and cats in areas lacking access to affordable veterinary care. This program aims to prevent unwanted litters and reduce the number of animals that enter MADACC as strays each year. By lowering animal intake numbers, we hope to help reduce the pet overpopulation issue in Milwaukee County.
According to the ASPCA, a female cat can breed three times a year and have an average of four kittens per litter, and a female dog can breed twice a year with litters of 6-10 puppies. So, in just seven years, one unaltered cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 kittens, and one unaltered dog and her offspring can produce 97,000 puppies.
*Source: SpayUSA – a program of North Shore Animal League America, 2261 Broadbridge Avenue, Stratford, CT 06614-3898
“Our records show that in 2018, 90% or 8,376 of dogs and cats at intake to our facility were not spayed or neutered, which means MADACC is spending over $100,000 every year to alter these animals before they are adopted,” said Karen Sparapani, executive director, MADACC. “Why should the people of Milwaukee care? Because the fewer unwanted and unclaimed animals that come into MADACC means fewer euthanasia’s for sick, injured and unplaceable animals, and will open up resources for efforts to improve the quality of life for animals in our community. We are so grateful for the partnering with Stella & Chewy’s on MADACC 400. Their $25,000 donation will make a world of difference, not only for MADACC, but for pet parents that might not be able to afford this surgery, and it will also create a safer and healthier life for the animal.”
If you live in one of the following Milwaukee area zip codes, please find information below regarding signing your pet up for this free service:
53204 – 53207 – 53208 – 53209 – 53210 –53212 –53214 – 53215 –53216 –53218 –53219 –53233*
*Zip codes selected reflect those from which MADACC receives the largest number of pets per year.
To sign up, visit MADACC’s facility (3839 West Burnham St) in person to get your pet’s spay or neuter surgery scheduled. Sign ups cannot be completed over the phone. Make sure to bring your ID or other proof of residency. Residents will be responsible for a $12 license for each animal. Other species appropriate vaccines will be available for an additional small fee of $5 each. Animals age 8 and older are not eligible for this program. Litters of puppies or kittens are not eligible for this program.
Sign up begins at 10am on Friday, June 21st, 2019 and appointments will be booked until 400 animals are signed up. If you have an adult cat or pit bull type dog, Friends of MADACC has a program that you may be able to take advantage of if you miss out on this special program.