If you caught The Martha Stewart Show on Tuesday you saw a great segment on pet adoption and the importance of spay/neuter. Barbara Fight, a dog-loving producer at Martha and good friend, did a wonderful job showcasing some lovable animals needing homes. She asked me to provide an adoptable dog from Adopt-a-Pet.com to be at the show, so I arranged for Kiara from Coming Home Rescue to be there and I flew in to lend a hand for the day of filming.
It was a meaningful and fun-filled day, as it typically is whenever I visit Martha's show!
Martha’s human guest was veterinarian Andrew Kaplan, who discussed his efforts to end pet overpopulation in NYC through the very worthwhile Toby Project. A mobile spay/neuter van project named after his lovable Toby -- a pooch he rescued just before Toby was to be killed due to space limitations at the NYC municipal shelter.
Dr. Andrew Kaplan and I spoke afterward about The Toby Project, and Toby was right there, weighing in on ways to save homeless animals. The project currently provides free spay/neuter services to underserved areas. It is Dr. Kaplan’s hope that it will continue to grow, ultimately providing a prototype for other cities who wish to end their pet-overpopulation problem.
Dr. Kaplan is clearly committed to doing his part. He even makes clear that “until we reach a time when we are not killing animals because the supply outweighs the demand, I am against all breeding.”
Andrew Kaplan’s mission is clear, and he might just be the guy to provide the leadership needed to make such a project successful. Check out the life-saving work he is doing in Toby’s name.
Perhaps the day will come when Dr. Kaplan's dream -- shared by Martha, me, and all of you -- becomes a reality: Our currently overflowing shelters are empty because the number of animals coming into them does not exceed the number of loving homes available. After all, doesn’t every animal deserve Toby's outcome?!
Dr. Pia Salk