On Tuesday, February 26th, more than 50 area restaurants will be contributing a portion of their day’s proceeds to Animal Compassion Network’s highly successful spay and neuter assistance program. The commemorative Tenth Annual Dine to Be Kind will take place on National Spay Day as part of a national campaign to promote the life-saving benefits of spay and neuter programs for dogs and cats.
All proceeds from Dine to be Kind will benefit ACN’s Betty Fund Spay/Neuter Program which was established in 2000 in honor of a two-year-old stray Golden Retriever mix. Betty gave birth to 18 puppies in just one year. It wasn't until Animal Compassion Network became involved that this distressing cycle stopped. Betty's last litter of eight pups was rescued from the mud underneath a trailer and found forever homes through ACN. Betty was also rescued, spayed, and placed with a loving family. The cost of this one rescue alone was staggering; hundreds of dollars were spent in medical expenses, food, and care for the dog and her eight pups. In response, ACN started the Betty Fund spay/neuter voucher program designed to help end the euthanasia of healthy animals by stopping pet overpopulation at its source. The Betty Fund pays all or most of the entire cost of the spay/neuter surgery for pets belonging to families in need. Since the program began, ACN has assisted in the spaying or neutering of more than 10,000 Western North Carolina cats and dogs.