Unity For A SolutionSociety — Cause
|About||A collaboration to address animal overpopulation in Houston and in the process, improve the lives of unwanted and homeless animals in our communities.|
Unity for a Solution is a collaborated effort between animal welfare organizations, community groups, civic associations, local businesses and corporations with the goal of addressing animal overpopulation and improving conditions for homeless and unwanted animals in Houston. Our belief is that community education and more free and low cost spay and neuter are the only solutions to Houston's overpopulation crisis. Our partners to date are Barrio Dogs, Inc., Corridor Rescue Inc., Forgotten Dogs of the Fifth Ward Project, Clipped Ear Cat Sanctuary, AARF Houston, Twyla's Friends, Jurassic Bark Rescue, Lucky Dog Rescue, Scout's Honor Rescue, Inc., Texas Litter Control, One Hundred Thousand Hearts, 4 Paws Farm, Star Pizza, South Side Street Dogs, Shaggy Dog Rescue, FMW/FabLab, The Buck Foundation, Christi's Pet Sitting, Winston's on Washington, Paws Pet Resort, Olivine, Martini Hardware, Gratifi Kitchen + Bar, S.A.V.E. Rescue Coalition, Pet Rescue Team, ADORE Houston, Houston Street Dogs and Mrs. Wooferton's Dog Walking & Pet Sitting. We invite others who share our vision and goals to join us in this effort.
According to BARC, there are estimated to be between 1.2 and 1.4 million homeless and unwanted animals on Houston’s streets. One of Unity's first priorities was to work with Houston’s elected officials and the city of Houston to bring free and low cost spay and neuter to areas of Houston that are hardest hit by overpopulation. Often, pets that are not spayed or neutered produce unwanted litters that end up on the streets; offering free and low cost spay and neuter to these animals’ owners is a first step in reducing overpopulation.
Results from Unity's work with the city were mixed. While the city initiated a spay/neuter project in the Near North Side, there were no plans to work in any other area besides the Near North Side so instead, Unity focused on its own spay/neuter initiative called the Unity 1000 Challenge. The goal of the challenge was to raise funds to fix 1,000 pets belonging to low income residents in the East End, Fifth Ward, Denver Harbor, Sunnyside and Corridor of Cruelty free to charge in 2013. By the end of 2013, Unity fixed 843 pets as part of the challenge.