ACC&D is passionate, forward-thinking and fearless in its efforts to advance non-surgical sterilization of cats and dogs and to improve animal well-being globally. I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer with the organization as well as contract for an short-term editorial project, and have kept current on developments through the excellent e-newsletter and other communications. The ACC&D staff, Board, stakeholders and scientific advisors and community supporters are to be commended for their dedication to innovation and action in addressing non-surgical solutions to the worldwide problem of animal overpopulation.
I was privileged to volunteer for ACC&D's 2013 International Symposium on Non-Surgical Contraceptive Methods of Pet Population Control for Dogs and Cats. It was enlightening listening to veterinarian research scientists from all over the world giving their presentations and how the drug Zeuterin had been researched and tested. At that time it was proven successful to be used as a canine neutering drug. Additionally, other scientists reported on their progress in researching the use of it for spaying dogs and neutering and spaying cats.
After the 3-day symposium, I also volunteered at the clinic where many international veterinarians administered Zeuterin to over 20 male dogs. The process was extremely fast and humane. The dogs came into the process area, had the procedure done and went home under their own power within the hour; no surgery, pain or lengthy recovery.
Many organizations are cooperating to reduce the pet population and that is wonderful. However, because of ACC&D's innovation and resolve, this non-surgical way of reducing the pet population is easier, more humane and less costly. ACC&D not only contributes to the reduction, they are the leader in the field and continue to promote scientific research to make certain that surgery, for this purpose, will become a thing of the past. President Joyce Briggs and her Board of Directors have made a once-upon-a-time dream become reality.
ACC&D is equally committed to advancing animal welfare and promoting rigorous research standards; their science is as strong as their passion. Every member of the team I have had the privilege to collaborate with, from board members to scientific advisors to organizational partners, has been thoughtful, innovative, and dedicated to furthering a common goal: saving animal lives by helping to develop humane and effective solutions to reduce canine and feline overpopulation on a global scale. ACC&D's work has the potential to positively impact not only companion animal populations, but also human communities living alongside free-roaming cats and dogs.
ACC&D is a cutting edge animal welfare organization dedicated to advancing non-surgical sterilization of cats and dogs as means to effectively and humanely addressing overpopulation. I have worked with them at various stages, from program planning to applied research, from brainstorming of ideas to implementation of practices. They are forward-thinking, collaborative, and world-class problem solvers. The future of animal welfare is in innovation and leveraging technologies to provide affordable and humane solutions in widely divergent settings, from rural to urban, from wealthy to impoverished. ACC&D embraces the challenge of bringing experts from vastly different fields and perspectives to the task.
There is no non-profit I know of that is more committed to the principle of pursuing positive change through the development of rigorous knowledge and its intelligent application. The people involved are top notch scientists and animal welfare professionals with a commitment to helping this critical field move forward, and they operate with the highest level of integrity and transparency.
In my 30 years of work as an animal welfare professional I've followed the work of ACC & D since its inception and joined this organization as a board member 6 months ago.The work done by ACC & D fills a significant gap in the fabric of animal protection efforts to reduce pet over-population in the United States and throughout the world by providing research-based recommendations for promising new technologies and funding cutting edge research. The organization provides expert advice in the field for new initiatives and as a thought-leader on the relative value of various research and new product claims. The board is largely comprised of highly regarded scientists in this field and management has a long and distinguished history in the field of animal protection. The organization is extremely sensitive to donor dollars and minimizing costs.
I followed this non-profit for many years, joining the board of trustees just over 5 years ago. It has been truly inspirational to work with ACC&D's highly skilled and dedicated staff, board members and volunteers. It's a small organisation that packs a big punch. Staying true to its values and providing an intelligent and objective guiding light within a complex field. Non-surgical fertility control has the potential to completely transform how we manage dog and cat populations worldwide - and ACC&D will be the catalyst to get these tools into the field, with the welfare of the animals involved at the forefront of their minds.
I have followed ACC&D since its inception, and have had the privilege of serving on its Board of Directors since 2010. Staff and volunteers adhere strictly to the mission, and do so with transparency and accountability. Top-notch organization.
The mission of the Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs is to advance non-surgical fertility control so as to effectively and humanely reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs in the world. I have been on their Board of Directors for nine years, and have been amazed how hard ACC&D works to raise awareness of the concept of non-surgical fertility control. Imagine a world where the wide use of non-surgical sterilants betters the lives of dogs and cats. ACC&D is working to help that become a reality. ACC&D is a leader in advocating for research and implementation of non-surgical sterilization, and they base this work in sound science. We leverage partnerships and networks for the good of the cause, and act with integrity in all processes and relationships. I am extremely proud to be part of this outstanding organization!