SpayShip Transport Program

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SpayShip is Heaven on Earth’s transport program designed to help facilitate the spaying and neutering of community cats as well as companion animals. Services include free transportation to and from low-cost clinics in the San Fernando Valley (FixNation, Spay Neuter Project of Los Angeles (SNP/LA), and Best Friends Spay/Neuter Clinic) as well as trapping assistance, TNR training, trap and carrier loan, information on colony care, and referrals to other useful resources.

SpayShip began in 2009 as an all-volunteer program, created to address the growing need for transportation to spay & neuter clinics. In its initial three-year pilot, SpayShip successfully transported and aided in the spaying and neutering of nearly 1,700 cats and kittens. Scope of coverage was the entire San Fernando Valley and the program was free to anyone who needed the help.

kitten-cropSpayShip went on hiatus in 2012 while Heaven on Earth sought funding for a program coordinator, which ultimately came in the form of a staffing grant from Best Friends Animal Society for the No-Kill LA Initiative. With the grant came a commitment to focus on specific zip codes in the San Fernando Valley, areas targeted because of the large number of cats from these zip codes that were ending up in city shelters. These areas included Arleta & Pacoima (91331), Panorama City (91402), Sylmar (91342), Van Nuys (91405) and North Hollywood (91605). The communities of Reseda (91335) and Mission Hills (91345) were later added.

These communities continue to be SpayShip’s focus as they still have the most need for its services, but the program has also expanded to include additional communities in the San Fernando Valley. SpayShip transport continues to be a free program.

Fred Waring cat-cropSince inception in 2009, and as SpayShip evolved, it has touched the lives of more than 3,850 cats and kittens. Numbers have increased from 493 transports in 2013 to 621 transports in 2014 and 920 transports in 2015.

Now during kitten season, Spay Ship’s work is especially crucial. Facilitating TNR in local communities addresses cat overpopulation in the most effective and humane way and leads us ever closer to the goal of a No-Kill LA.

If you know of any cats in the targeted zip codes that need to be spayed or neutered, call (818) 474-2700 x 6 or email spay@heavenlypets.org. You can also support our transport service by making a donation.

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About the Author:

By day an audit manager for a union trust fund, Jennifer is also an artist and singer/songwriter with several independent albums. She grew up with cats and horses and ultimately found her way to the rescue community through a colony of feral cats in her neighborhood. Jennifer, still recognized with gratitude by local ferals, has served on the Heaven on Earth board since 2006 and lives in the SFV with her husband, Bob Wynne, rescue cats Beenes, Bailey, Simone and Heaven on Earth alum Christopher, along with an ever-changing census of fosters.