San Diego Humane Society and SPCA
Tis the Season

A Message from the President
Gary Weitzman, DVM, MPH, CAWA

October 2013
- I can’t help but feel privileged to be in one of the most progressive animal communities in the nation – where people have a deep support of animals and pets are treated like a member of the family.

Gary Weitzman & Betty But even in progressive communities like ours, there’s still much work to be done. There are more than 45,000 homeless animals that enter San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition (SDAWC) shelters each year. Of these animals, nearly 3,000 were euthanized in coalition shelters last year due to treatable or manageable illnesses or behavior. We want to get that number to zero, and we’ve made it the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA’s foremost goal to get there.

We call this the Treatable Pet Initiative, and together we can save the life of every adoptable animal in SDAWC shelters. To get there, we’re targeting four key areas:

Spay/Neuter: We’re offering needs-based spay/neuter surgeries to the community – specifically targeting certain regions by providing affordable or even free spay/neuters in the areas that need it most.

Transport: We’ve made a commitment to transporting animals from shelters that simply don’t have the space or resources to care for additional animals. In fact, we’ve signed agreements with surrounding shelters so they know we’ll take their animals in, whenever they are faced with a tough decision.

Adoptions/Admissions: We’re increasing the number of incoming and outgoing animals so we can continue to impact more animals and help more people in our community.

Reaching More Animals: We pledge to do everything possible to keep animals in their homes. By providing needed emergency veterinary care, an expanded pet food bank, new vaccination clinics, needed pet supplies and other resources to keep animals and their owners together during times of financial or other hardships.

With more than 45,000 homeless animals entering our community each year, the Treatable Pet Initiative requires significant resources to provide the medical care, behavioral rehabilitation, and ongoing care that each of these animals need. We can’t do it alone. This is a community initiative which involves collaboration, and the support of donors like you. Together, we believe we can achieve our foremost goal of “Getting to Zero,” even if it’s one animal at a time.



Gary Signature
Gary Weitzman, DVM, MPH, CAWA
President and CEO


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