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Spaying and Neutering Puppies Before Adoption






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Cat & Dog Overpopulation

Why Spay/Neuter is Crucial

Early-Age Spay/Neuter




CHAI/Hakol Chai is committed to preventing the overpopulation of dogs and cats that results in so much suffering. To alter the puppies we rescued from the north before placing them in their new homes, CHAI/Hakol Chai invited early-age spay/neuter expert, U.S. veterinarian Raphael Gilbert, DVM, to Israel.






A Life of Public Service

In addition to his veterinary degree, Gilbert holds an M.S. from Cornell University in plant science, genetics, pathology, and virology. An experienced practitioner of veterinary medicine and surgery in U.S. veterinary hospitals, in his private practice, and on behalf of nonprofit organizations around the world, Dr. Gilbert is also strongly committed to public service.


In 2001, he spent five months volunteering with animal protection organizations in Thailand, caring for captive and injured wildlife, performing spaying and neutering of cats and dogs, and providing veterinary care for more than 400 stray dogs being fostered by one of the organizations. In 2002, Dr. Gilbert volunteered at the Alaska Raptor Center, rescuing and treating injured bald eagles and other birds. He later also volunteered to perform spaying and neutering for an animal protection organization in the Galapagos.


For four years, while living in New York City, Dr. Gilbert split his time between private practice and the mobile veterinary clinic of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), providing low cost and free spay/neuter and other surgical services to the public and to animal shelters in and around New York City. Now residing in Florida, Dr. Gilbert continues to divide his time between his private veterinary practice and public service, including working in Palm Beach County's mobile spay/neuter clinic.


This is Dr. Gilbert's third trip to Israel. After High school, he spent a year with a program for youth, living and working on Kibbutz Grofit in the Arava desert. While in college, he spent another year in Israel through the Cornell Abroad program, at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Rehovot. For someone so committed to public service and to Israel, when asked by CHAI/Hakol Chai to lend a hand after the recent crisis, the decision was an easy one.





Early-Age Spay/Neuter

Early-age spay/neuter (at 6-8 weeks) is crucial in preventing the birth of so many puppies and kittens for whom there are no homes. CHAI was the first organization to promote this practice in Israel. In 1998, CHAI Advisory Board member Paula Kislak, DVM, made a presentation on the subject to veterinarians in Israel and wrote an article for Israel's Journal of Veterinary Medicine. CHAI also provided a copy of several early age surgery training videos on the subject to Israel's Veterinary School, along with a request that the procedure be taught there.



Photos: Eli Atias


Yafit, our mobile clinic vet tech, comforts a very young patient.