The BIG problem


Tens of thousands of cats and dogs in Onondaga County are not spayed or neutered, leading to massive homelessness
and high euthanasia rates.

  • Many of the 1,000 stray dogs picked up in the City of Syracuse each year are euthanized. Many are adoptable, most are not neutered.

  • The number of feral and abandoned cats is increasing.

  • Most serious dog bites come from intact dogs, unvaccinated against rabies.

  • Homeless animals keep having babies, many destined to suffer and die on our streets or on the euthanasia table.

  • Shelters are full, rescue groups are overwhelmed. People who find strays or who must rehome pets often have little option but to leave them on the streets.



A TINY FIX will spay and neuter dogs and cats via a proposed low-cost spay-neuter clinic to be offered by the Greater Syracuse Spay-Neuter Clinic.
GRANTS: Over 27,000 households in Onondaga County fall below the poverty level and many more are struggling. Grants will allow families with verifiable low incomes to pay as little as $25 for spay-neuter services!
TRANSPORTATION: Assistance will be provided for those lacking transportation.
SPECIAL PROCEDURES: The clinic will utilize the effective model of high volume spay-neuter surgery  in compliance with accepted standards of veterinary practice.
EFFICIENCY: Following special training, vets will be able to perform 30–40 surgeries/day.
As a high volume spay-neuter clinic operating six days a week, A TINY FIX will be able to “fix” nearly 10,000 animals a year!

Who benefits?



  • In Onondaga County, over 40,000 pets live in households existing below the poverty level.

  • Many families who love their pets cannot afford current “low cost” spay-neuter services, which cost 3–4 times more than our HVHQSN clinic will cost.

  • Many households have no transportation to clinics. We will help!

  • A sliding fee scale will accommodate other families, rescues, and shelters.

  • Animal Control and euthanasia costs will be reduced.

  • Pet homelessness and suffering will be lessened.

  • The health, safety, and quality of life in our community will be greatly improved.

A TINY FIX will help make Central New York a better place to live, one “fixed” pet at a time.

The Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse is a registered 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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