Animal Contraception Research
June 15, 2010
Financial support for this fund will support research aimed at
ending the vicious cycle of animal overpopulation and neglect.
Scenes of unwanted animals in crowded shelters or roaming
aimlessly on busy streets tug at our heart strings. There is a
population explosion of feral dogs and cats suffering the
consequences of neglect and threatening the health, safety and
livelihood of humans throughout the world.
Animal contraception is the answer. World-renowned cloning and
reproduction researchers at Texas A&M University are rising to
the challenge of finding a solution to this escalating problem.
Although some strides have been made in the development of
contraceptives for animals, overpopulation remains a serious
problem for numerous species. An estimated seven million unwanted
dogs and cats are killed at animal shelters annually, and probably
more than that number are running wild.
A plan for the first three years will be to conduct research at
Texas A&M that will include working with dogs and cats to test
the inhibitor drugs previously used in mouse studies. Research
applications will also be expanded to other animals such as pigs.
Based on their findings, scientists will develop inhibitor drugs
that can be administered orally for short or long term periods and
have a reversible mode of action.
Your assistance is needed to help fund this exciting research.
In addition to supporting short-term solutions like low-income spay
and neuter programs and no kill shelters, we are asking for your
financial support toward research that will end the vicious cycle
of animal overpopulation and neglect.
An estimated $250,000 will fund the first year of animal
contraception research; $200,000 for the second year; and $200,000
for the third year. With your financial assistance, a solution to
animal overpopulation will be found.
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