In 1998 a group of concerned citizen formed the River Valley Animal Welfare Coalitiona 501 (c) (3) out of the concern of pet overpopulation in our community. This group saw the need to stop the endless cycle of unwanted births and euthanasia of animals in our community. They saw that the main reason people do not spay/neuter their pets is the cost or they do not have access to spay/neuter services. In 2013, the RVAWC was renamed, Kitties and Kanines Foundation. KKF works to fund Kitties and Kanines Veterinarian Clinic to provide low cost spay/neuter service. It makes this possible through grants, fundraisers and donation from our community.
Kitties and Kanines Veterinarian Clinic opened in 2005. The clinic partners with Humane Alliance in Asheville North Carolina, an organization that mentors to over one hundred organizations in opening and operating high-volume, high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter clinics. Kitties and Kanines Veterinarian Clinic is honored to be affiliated with Humane Alliance and proud to be the first clinic of its kind in the state of Arkansas.
The clinic offers our community a state of the art surgery center with the latest surgery equipment due to a grant from Petsmart Charities.
Our veterinarians have traveled to Humane Alliance to receive advance training.
Since its opening Kitties and Kanines Veterinarian Clinic has successfully performed over 13,000 surgeries.
To provide high quality, low cost spay/neuter services as a non-lethal solution to the stray, unwanted and abandoned pet population.
How we know that what we do works
Numerous studies show that the intake rate at shelters significantly decrease when low-cost spay/neuter services are available in the community. See, for example, the findings and statistics published by the No Kill Advocacy Center. (www.nokilladvocacycenter.org) and in Nathan Winograd’s book Redemption which demonstrates the substantial impact that low-cost spay/neuter has on shelter intake and euthanasia rates.
Spay/Neuter is the simple solution
By preventing unwanted litters from ever being born, less homeless and unwanted dogs and cats end up in over-burdened shelters.
Spay/Neuter benefits the community
Stray and roaming animals can be dangerous to the community; they may bite and attack other pets and people and cause vehicular accidents by running across roads. Communities spend millions of dollars to control unwanted animals, including the fees of dog wardens and the costs to collect, house and feed the homeless animals. Even if you don’t own a pet, you still pay for this. And, since it is money spent to treat symptoms and not causes, you’ll pay for it again year after year.