As director of Madera County Animal Services and one of the Friends of the Madera County Animal Shelter board members, it was an incredible honor to receive the gift of $1.5 million dollars for free spay and neuter services for Madera County dogs and cats.
FMAS already has distributed over 10,200 vouchers to Madera County residents to help them sterilize their pets. FMAS has spent over $500,000 on spay and neuter surgeries to stop the pet overpopulation crisis. It has been estimated that for every dollar spent on spay and neuter, it saves taxpayers $18 in animal control costs.
Therefore, Madera County taxpayers have already saved $9 million in related animal control costs. With every animal spayed or neutered we decrease the suffering of thousands of homeless and unwanted animals.
Other recipients of Red and Nancy Arnold funds were also at the Madera County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, and expressed their appreciation for the incredible gifts provided. Each recipient was surprised and even overwhelmed by the generosity and the specific request by Red and Nancy Arnold, to keep the funds in Madera to help Madera County residents.
The ripple effect of almost $10 million dollars injected into the Madera County economy will benefit everyone in Madera exponentially.
The second component of their gift was to instill a sense of pride in our community and encourage others to give back to their community as well.
I encourage everyone on May 18 to remember Red and Nancy Arnold. Celebrate by hugging your family, hugging your spayed/neutered pets, by signing up as a volunteer for a worthy cause, by donating to your favorite charity, or doing something for someone else. Don’t pass up on the opportunity to make yourself feel better, make your family feel better, make your community better, and to appreciate the gifts provided in life. Cheers to Red and Nancy and the legacy they left for the residents of Madera.
Kirsten Gross, director,
Madera County Animal Services