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: luckystarprogram@att.net
Volume 22 October 2007
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 10 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 2007:

Dr. Ohad Barnea, Cliffside & Tenafly Animal Hospitals

Drs. Erno Hollo, Kelly Vex, Joseph Bloom & Kellie Daly 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 Furlong, People for Animals, Inc,Hillside

THis space available!
When I approach veterinarians about joining Lucky Star, some are concerned about being swamped with requests for free services. Fortunately, this has not been a problem for our Lucky Stars. A pledge can actually serve as an effective limit on such requests, as your Lucky Star certificate tells your clients of this aspect of your generosity. Add to that the features of “no reporting” & “no long term commitment”. If you know of a veterinarian who might be interested in making a pledge, please reassure them that the Lucky Star approach can work for them. To join,visit our website or Email. Thank you!

“Speuters?”
A new shorthand for spay neuter surgery!


Setting the Record Straight!
There's a familiar statistic that 2 cats can produce 420,000 in 7yrs. This assumes each cat has 7 kittens, who each have 7 kittens, etc. Real world factors of high kitten mortality, limited food, shelter and territory make this oft quoted statistic unlikely, and short on credibility. The Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project reports that scientists using a more realistic model calculated that an unspayed female cat & her offspring could be responsible for 100 to 400 new cats after 7 years, still making the point!

“ITS HIP TO SNIP!”
A relevant quote (& soon to be bumper sticker?) from http://hiptosnip.blogspot.com

Beyond Surgical Contraception
The AVMA’s Jan 2007 statement is at http://www.avma.org/onlnews/javma/jan07/070115a.asp (link directly to this site, or any other mentioned in the Lucky Star News, from the “e” version of this & all prior issues available on our home page: www.luckystarprogram.org)

A Local, national and Global issue
It is the focus of your local shelter’s tag sale, the subject of state funding programs and national public or private research, and the concern of international humanitarian and rabies prevention efforts. A humane, safe, practical, cost effective solution to feral, stray and companion animal overpopulation is the dream of many. Our applause, cheers and thanks to all those working at every level to make it happen!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Meade