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The Rozzie May Animal Alliance Improves Pets' Lives in New Hampshire and Maine

By Marina Jokic

The Humane Society of the United States estimates that between 6 and 8 million cats and dogs enter shelters each year. Many are never adopted. Rozzie May Animal Alliance (RMAA), a nonprofit 501 © (3) corporation, believes that spay/neuter is the answer to reducing the number of unwanted animals on the streets and in the shelters.

President of the organization Eileen Lippe and Clinic Director Kristie McNulty view their jobs as humanitarian in nature in many respects. They feel that the most humane and effective way to address the challenge of pet overpopulation while reducing the strain put on animal shelters and improving the lives of animals is to make affordable spay/neuter services available.

Other essential services RMAA offers includes the "Keeping Families Together Pet Food Pantry", which helps keep pets in their homes by donating pet food at no charge to local food pantries, while also providing rabies vaccinations and microchipping. These services are critical in ensuring that people can manage to keep their pets at home, well fed, healthy and microchipped. Knowing your pet's whereabouts is absolutely essential in curbing the homeless animal population.

The challenge of tackling pet homelessness not only falls on RMAA and its peer organizations but also the community.  An important component of their efforts is community involvement. People can find multiple ways to contribute such as volunteering, donating, ensuring their pets are spayed and neutered and educating others of the critical role of spaying and vaccinating their pets. RMAA is always seeking volunteers to help with clinics and fundraisers. The fundraisers help to raise financial resources and keep administrative costs low. Lippe and McNulty cannot overstate the importance of volunteers and good faith donations. If you are interested in volunteering at one of RMAA's clinics or fundraisers, please email info@rozziemay.org or call (603) 447-1373.

Curbing the spread of disease and unwanted litters of kittens or puppies is instrumental in addressing the root of the problem. Lippe and McNulty emphasize the critical role of maintaining your pet's health and making sure they are 'fixed' on time. Not only does spaying and neutering prevent unwanted animals from being born, it has very useful health benefits for the pet by lowering the risk of prostate cancer and virtually eliminating the risk of testicular cancer in males. Another little known fact is that spaying also decreases the roaming impulse that naturally grows in unneutered pets, therefore reducing their marking and territorial behavior.

RMAA works hard toward improving the lives of pets and their owners through affordable spay/neuter, public education, and pet food drives. They hope to continue to be instrumental in improving the lives of many pets and people. For more information please go to www.RozzieMay.org or email info@rmaa.org.

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Marina Jokic holds a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in Russian and East...

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