Happy Hearth Spay Neuter Assistance

As of October 31, 2019 the Happy Hearth Spay/Neuter Program has ended. 

Happy Hearth Spay/Neuter Program Comes to a Close

September 30, 2019

Spring Farm CARES needs to make some changes in order to secure the long-term care of the animals in our sanctuary and the future of our organization for years to come. For the past 20 years, we have operated the Happy Hearth Spay/Neuter program, a voucher based financial assistance program for the spay/neuter of dogs and cats of income qualifying residents of Oneida County. This program, while important in our community, uses enormous resources of our organization. Spring Farm CARES has a pledge to always, first and foremost, above all else, care for the more than 200 animals living in our sanctuary and to guarantee their care for their lifetimes. Our annual expenses continue to increase as the cost of operating our sanctuary continues to climb every year. The spay/neuter assistance program has always been a discretionary program. Unfortunately, the time has come that we can no longer afford to fund this program. Therefore, as of November 1, 2019, we will no longer be issuing vouchers and our spay/neuter assistance program will be terminated.

The spay/neuter program was never part of the mission of our organization, but we saw a need in our community that was not being addressed. Thus, we set aside some of our own funds to try to address the pet overpopulation problem. We are proud to say that over the past 20 years we have spent over $2.5 million and assisted in the spay/neutering of over 60,000 animals in Oneida County alone. We are sure the positive impact of this program for the animal population of Oneida County has been substantial. It is our sincere wish, that this community can pull together other resources to continue addressing the pet overpopulation problem and the welfare of animals in our community.  Spring Farm CARES will continue to address these issues in ways other than financial assistance. We will still be actively involved in our community and keep the welfare of the animals always at the heart of what we do.

We would like to thank the many veterinarians who have partnered with us over the years to make this program a success. We are very grateful for their participation.

For more information on this decision, see our blog post.