(WMC-TV) - The Memphis-Shelby County Humane Society is kicking off a $1 million capital campaign to raise funds for the city's first mobile spay/neuter unit.
The Humane Society says the need for that kind of unit is great in Memphis.
Administrators say the number of unwanted animals is too great for Memphis to adopt its way out of pet overpopulation, causing 16,000 to 17,000 animals to be euthanized in Shelby County each year.
The goal is to make spaying and neutering more accessible, particularly to low income pet owners and those without transportation.
The Humane Society hopes to spay or neuter 20 to 30 pets per day, four days a week once the mobile unit is purchased and customized. The ultimate goal is to complete 4000 to 6000 spay/neuter surgeries per year. The capital campaign will cover the operating budget for five years.