Lucky Star Spay Neuter Program

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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:
Volume 45 August 2011
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 currently have 8 member veterinarians in private practice and 1 spay neuter clinic participating, representing 9 hospitals in 9 NJ towns.

Together these professionals have generously pledged 226 absolutely free spay neuter surgeries and other services for needy animals in 2011:

Dr. Ohad Barnea, Cliffside & Tenafly Animal Hospitals

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

Dr. Harvey E. Hummel,Andover Animal Hospital

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. Iris M. Biely, People for Animals, Inc,Hillside

Betsy, YOU & Lucky Star- Priceless!

Our Lucky Star spokes cat, now 8 yrs old, started it all back in mid-2003. Drs. Hollo & Vex were the 1st to sign up. Then Drs. Barnea, Hummel & Picone responded to our Fall state-wide mailing to 100’s of veterinarians. Then in 2004, Drs Perez, Mock, & Stalder-Frey signed up, as did Dr. Biely for People for Animals. Many thanks to each of you for all the “Betsy’s” (or “Ben’s”) you have helped in these 8 years! Of course, none quite as cute as Betsy, which she has asked me to be sure to mention!

10 yrs of “Tails” from a S/N clinic
From 1998 to 2007, Alley Cat Allies (ACA) founded, funded, & operated a monthly S/N clinic in Northern Virginia for more than 6,500 feral cats from 4 states. Thanks to a volunteer staff & veterinarians working “pro bono”, there was no charge to clients, but donations were requested & covered about 1/3 of the clinic’s costs. ACA reports that the 10 yrs of data collected is consistent with other peer-reviewed studies of feral cat S/N clinics all over the country—98% of cats brought to the clinic were returned to their outdoor home. Another 1% had positive outcomes (adoption or new home). Less than of 1% were euthanized due to medical issues. 2% were found to be already S/N’d. More female cats (56%) came through the clinic than male cats (46%). 19% of female cats seen were pregnant. (56% of all female cats seen in March were pregnant . This average dropped down to less than 1% in Oct, Nov & Dec each year.)

The April/May 2011 magazine “Bark” features this article, subtitled: the quest for non surgical canine & feline birth control. Just 4 pgs, it contrasts the possibilities with the present & focuses on the positive impact success could have on the enormous stray dog & cat populations all over the world & why there are reasons to be hopeful! Go to & click on the article, currently the 1st listed.

“The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting
for our wits to grow sharper.”
............Eden Phillpotts

English writer, poet & dramatist 1862-1960