Thu, April 09

We can't adopt our way out of pet population problem

Tina and Rosey

Tina and Rosey

For those who do not know me, I am Tina Allegrezza and I am the Founder of Red Rose Inspiration for Animals, Inc.

I would like to thank The Villager for this opportunity to write a column about animal rescue. We are an all volunteer-based organization in Sedona that has been an established 501(c) 3 nonprofit since March, 2009.

We promote community-organized special events for animal rescue in Sedona. We also contribute to animal welfare in Northern AZ, and across the Verde Valley.

Red Rose was inspired by a beautiful and beloved soul named Rosey. A Rottweiler/Pit-bull mix, she was not only loving, loyal but highly intelligent-she was a rescue pup herself.

Rosey was always sweet and sympathetic to dogs that were suffering with emotional problems. She would provide them with comfort and help them to grow their confidence. She has worked with various dogs to help rehabilitate them emotionally before she passed from cancer.

When Rosey passed, I knew I had to do something to make a difference in the lives of animals that were not so fortunate, and the love I had for her inspired me to found Red Rose Inspiration for Animals in her honor.

Did you know the United States is facing a severe pet overpopulation crisis as a whole and Spay/Neuter is the only way to overcome it? Six out of 10 dogs are euthanized because there are not enough homes for them.

One dog, her puppies their offspring, can produce over 66,000 dogs in six years. One cat, her kittens and their offspring can produce half a million cats in a little more than seven years.

There is no disease or condition of companion animals that takes more of their lives than euthanasia. One out of 12 cats will never find a permanent home. A cat can be in heat every other week unless mated. We simply can't adopt our way out of the overpopulation problem.

Animals left to reproduce often times become abandoned, abused, neglected or injured. It's a horrible existence for them It doesn't have to be this way as we can all make a difference by helping to promote and educate pet owners as to why spay and neuter is so important.

One of Red Rose's goals is to help reduce the over-pet population in Sedona and the surrounding areas by providing financial assistance to responsible pet owners who want to take action but are unable to due to financial reasons.

Red Rose provides partial or full funding at low cost clinics for spay and neuter of felines and canines. Low cost clinics are instrumental in the community as their service is much more affordable to pet owners on a fixed income. However, there are times that even the low cost services (that can still amount up to $95) are not within pet owners' budgets.

We have two specific funds for spay and neuter. Our General Spay and Neuter Fund for Felines and Canines and our Pitty Party Fund. Our Pitty Party Fund is uniquely named that by Red Rose to offer free spay and neuter to local residents who have pitbulls and pitmixes.

The reason for the Pitty Party Fund being so specific to a breed is because they are the most common breed in shelters and rescues across the U.S., and they are the first to be euthanized and often times bred for illegal dog fighting.

With the very generous grant from the Sedona Community Foundation, along with donations and proceeds from our events, Red Rose, in collaboration with the Morning Starr Affordable Spay/Neuter Clinic, is able to offer these imperative services.

If you have any questions regarding these programs or want to know how to donate to them please contact me at (928) 282-5278 or email

For more details on Red Rose Inspiration For Animals, visit

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