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Lucky Star Spay Neuter Program News
A Publication of the Lucky Star Spay Neuter Program
12 Birch Lane Morristown, NJ 07960 Email: luckystarprogram@att.net
Volume 63 August-2014
Our Mission: To gather, recognize and celebrate the continuing annual commitment of each of our member veterinarians to provide some level of absolutely free spay neuter services to the needy animals of their choice, along with any other free services they choose to provide.

Our Lucky Stars
We are proud to present this roster of Lucky Star Veterinarians. Together these 18 professionals have generously pledged 456 absolutely free spay neuter surgeries & other free services for needy animals of their choice in 2014, for which they have our admiration & thanks:

Dr. Ohad Barnea, Cliffside & Tenafly Animal Hospitals

Dr. Sarah Barnes, Eleos Veterinary Service

Dr. Erno Hollo & Dr. Kelly Vex Basking Ridge Animal Hospital

Dr. Harvey E. Hummel, Andover Animal Hospital, Newton

Dr. Danci Mock, West Caldwell Animal Hospital

Dr. Maritza Perez, West Orange Animal Hospital

Dr. P. Picone, Audubon Veterinary Associates

Dr. Sandra Stalder-Frey, Alpha Veterinary Care

Dr. Carolyn Wooley, MCSNIP, Pennington

Dr. Laura Acosta, Dr. Iris M. Biely, Dr. David Croman, Dr. Laurie Heeb, Dr. Diana Knight, Dr. Peter Midgley-DiGeronimo, Dr. Faith Perrin & Dr. Michelle Wong, People for Animals, Inc., Hillside and Robbinsville

MARYLAND ADDS S/N SURCHARGE
A fee on dog/cat food will fund a state-wide S/N program aimed at low-income communities. Fees will fund grants to municipalities & animal groups that provide & promote pet sterilization services via a surcharge on the registration fees that pet food manufacturers must pay to sell their products in Maryland. Consumers can expect to pay about 36 cents more for food per pet annually, raising about $400,000 a year. (Per AHS’s Aug. 2014 Humane News.)

NEXT ISSUE: OCTOBER 1ST

MARICOPA CO. ARIZONA RAISES S/N $
Maricopa County, AZ added a line to the bottom of its dog license form saying: “I would like to give a voluntary donation of $___ to save more pets’ lives.” This raises $10,000 /mo. for Animal Care & Control & helps fund programs budget doesn’t cover, like help for sick/injured animals & S/N for feral cats. www.maricopa.pets/gov

ALABAMA ‘S S/N CONTROVERSY
My attempts to follow up on House Bill 141 OK’d in Feb 2014 allowing non-profits to employ licensed veterinarians for S/N clinics led to a recent article on the continuing controversy in which some argue that there is no excess of animals despite the killing of 150,000 animals annually (that’s 400 a day) in Alabama shelters. One vet now running 1 of 4 low cost high volume clinics in AL is giving up due to pressure from the State Veterinary Board opposing such clinics. http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/05/low-cost_spayneuter_clinics_on.html

WILL NY STATE OK S/N FUND FOR TNR?
The NY State Senate adjourned for the summer without taking up AB 9487/SB 7290 which would have OK’d funding for TNR by the NY State spay/neuter fund.

ARLINGTON, TEXAS TNR RECOGNITION
Mayor Robert Cluck received an Outstanding Achievement Award in the 2014 City Livability Awards Program from the U.S. Conference of Mayors for positive changes in the quality of life for Arlington residents. This national award specifically noted the effectiveness of Arlington’s TNR program.

NORTH AMERICAN S/N CONFERENCE
Hosted by Found Animals and PetSmart Charities August 14-17, 2014, Renaissance Austin, Austin, Texas (513) 343-2626

PDF Version
Lucky Star News Volume 63 Aug 2014.pdf