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Haven Hope for Animals Fund

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Haven Hope for Animals Fund

Sponsored By: Dr. Brenda Wilbanks

The Haven Hope for Animals Fund began on February 14, 2013.  
This program was funded by a $100,000.00 personal donation by Dr. Brenda Wilbanks. 

The purpose of this pilot program is to help in assessing what type of spay/neuter program 

would be feasible within the Lubbock area, and at the same time beginning to make a difference 

in the overpopulation crisis in our area.  

The Haven Animal Care Shelter is a non-profit, no-kill animal sanctuary. 

The Haven provides a sanctuary for homeless, abandoned, and injured animals, 

allowing them the dignity of living in a caring, safe environment throughout their lives if necessary. 

The Haven also has numerous adoptable pets and attempts to find loving homes for them through an active adoption program.  
A voucher system will be utilized for the spay/neuter program 

and will be assigned a value depending on the type and size of the animal.  

Referrals will be accepted from veterinarians, other animal service organizations, and from pet owners. 

A request/referral form is available on our website. 

Requests will be evaluated on a case by case basis by Dr. Brenda Wilbanks and Haven staff.   
Dr. Brenda Wilbanks, Founder and Executive Director

Additional features of the program will include the following:

  • Volunteers will be sought who can transport the animals to the veterinarians for clients who may be disabled or elderly and cannot provide their own transportation and to provide ongoing aid if necessary.

  • Teaching pet responsibility will be a very important part of the spay/neuter program. This will include the importance of yearly shots, having a secure area for pets, etc.  

  • Emergency vet care for those who need financial help has always been a part of the Haven’s contribution and will continue on a limited basis.  This can also be accessed through the application on our website.  

Haven Hope for Animals Fund

Additional Information Specific to Veterinarians

The Haven Hope for Animals Fund is a spay/neuter program that utilizes a voucher system.  
We are not requesting that you charge a reduced rate.  
However, participants will be given a voucher which will authorize specific amounts that the fund will pay 
(will vary according to type, size, and gender of animal).  
The participants will pay the remaining amount of whatever fee you choose to charge, 
and will be able to choose who will provide services for them.  

We began accepting applications as of February 14, 2013, 
so you may begin receiving calls from participants, asking what your additional fees would be.  

Please feel free to call if you have questions.

Dr. Brenda Wilbanks
Haven Founder and Executive Director

Please read this eye-opening information about spaying and neutering...the statistics are mind-blowing!

The Crisis Moment: Why Spaying and Neutering Can Save Lives

Written by Missi Davis

There`s no question that puppies and kittens are one of the most adorable sights on earth. It’s the same with all baby animals - they’ve got the big eyes, big feet, and floppy bodies that we’re hard-wired to find charming - but there’s something different about puppies, with their squirming eagerness to play, and kittens, who seem confident about their exalted place in life even when they can’t walk in a straight line. It’s easy to see why so many people want their dog or cat to have even just one litter, but the overpopulation crisis could see many of those adorable tiny animals sentenced to an unloved life. Even if you find homes for them, the health problems associated with careless breeding could make their lives painful and short: hardly the fate you want to assign to the helpless, trusting little animals you’ve helped bring into the world. By spaying and neutering your pets, you can do your part in making sure that every pet is loved, happy, and healthy.

The Pet Overpopulation Crisis

Every 11 seconds, a healthy, adoptable dog or cat is put down in an American shelter. This amounts to 2.7 million a year. (To put that into perspective, the largest city in Texas - Houston - has a population of 2.1 million people.) In Texas, the number stands at about 700,000 a year. This is a tragedy, and a crisis, but “crisis” also means a turning point in history. Many of these beautiful animals started out their lives as the offspring of family pets - maybe their litter was planned, maybe it was an “accident”, but the prevention of that litter would have still prevented the unhappy end of an innocent life.

There are other reasons for the crisis, such as puppy mills, but part of why these puppy mills are accepted is that pet breeding is seen as simple and easy. If your neighbor’s dog had puppies and they turned out fine, why inquire about the breeding history of that adorable golden retriever puppy you see in the pet store window? Unfortunately, golden retrievers are prone to a long list of genetic defects: hip and elbow dysplasia, allergies, eye disease, heart disease, and joint problems, among others. Breeding your family’s healthy, beloved golden retriever may result in “purebred” puppies, but those puppies may end up with serious health problems, and some of them may be bought to use in puppy mills, where the problems will end up being passed on to yet another generation.

Now You Know Why - Here’s How

Even if you believe that spaying and neutering is the right answer, you might be held back by a number of issues. Some people feel that neutering their pet takes away their “manhood”, or might be “traumatizing”. Rest assured that animals have no sense of parenthood like we do, and very few animals even notice that anything has happened aside from the itchy stitches. Another common problem is the price - depending on your vet, the cost (particularly for spaying dogs) can be prohibitive. You might put away a little money each month, but in the meantime - whoops! - your pet might slip out and end up a mother or father anyway. Pet insurance can be one way of handling the cost of their health care, since it can help reduce the sticker shock of both elective and emergency medical bills. Look around for the best plan for your pet, since some breeds (or pets with pre-existing conditions) might have higher premiums depending on the company.

If you don’t have the money for pet insurance or to neuter or spay your pet, or if transporting your pet to the vet and back is difficult for you because of mobility issues, the Haven Hope for Animals Fund was created with you in mind. Thanks to a $100,000 donation from Dr. Brenda Wilbanks, the Haven started the program on February 14, 2013 to help cover the cost of spaying and neutering pets, as well as to help transport pets belonging to the elderly and disabled. If this sounds like something that might help you keep your pet from contributing to the overpopulation crisis, please read more about the fund and contact us to see what we can do.