No sad photos here! Rescued from the mean streets ...
I hope you had a great summer, and I hope you have a moment for a quick update on our crucial work to save animals.
Today's update includes information on a grassroots study that is in progress this month.
As you know, our mission is to end the Cycle of Suffering for the world’s 600 million homeless dogs and cats -- by developing the One-Dose Spay and Neuter Cookie --
a Cookie that our scientists are designing to spay or neuter in just one dose -- without surgery!
As you also know, when we rescue strays, in addition to caring for them, we also feed them a single trial Cookie -- and after eating a trial Cookie, they officially become known as Pilot Pups.
At the moment, we have approximately 30 Pilot Pups -- 30 homeless strays who we have very recently rescued and fed a trial Cookie.
They have now all been surgically spayed, so that we can examine their treated ovaries microscopically, to determine the effectiveness of the specific trial Cookie that each of them has eaten.
The next stage: sending their treated ovaries to a histologist for processing.
The histologist will process the tissues, prepare microscope slides, and create digital photos of the slides.
We will then arrange for pathologists, mostly veterinary pathologists, to examine the digital slides.
This examination is a highly complex process -- it is so complex that we will often have slides examined by more than one pathologist, which allows us to compare the findings.
After examining the slides of treated tissues, the pathologists will then prepare a report that quantifies their findings.
These reports will allow us to evaluate how well a particular trial Cookie worked.
Different trial Cookies have different amounts of different ingredients in them, and they also have different fillers. A filler, for example, is an additional ingredient that we use to mix with the active ingredient, such as peanut butter -- a favorite.
Another example: one of the fillers we are working with is the papaya seed, which in itself is known to also work as a contraceptive. We are also including different taste-masking ingredients, to help mask the taste of some of the ingredients, which can taste bitter.
As we have reported in the past, we are also saving up to allow us to continue these studies here in the U.S.
The cost to carry out this work in the U.S. in full will be approximately $3 million per year, for 3 years, in order to meet the FDA's regulatory requirements. This is the cost to perform the needed studies in the traditional way -- the way drug companies would do it -- if they cared.
Tragically, the drug companies have abandoned this.
This is why it is up to you and me.
It is up to us.
Together we can do this.
Together we WILL do this!
All of our work to end the Cycle of Suffering depends entirely on the continued support from caring individuals like YOU!
If you’re outraged like I am, at the needless killing that continues every day …
please help support this crucial nonprofit work.
THANK YOU for saving these animals!
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