Dr. Christine Cottey Spay/Neuter Fund

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s Spay/Neuter Fund was established in 1992 by Bruce Hantke and his sisters in honor of their late father, Bert Hantke, a longtime League supporter who was committed to ending pet overpopulation. Created to provide access to low-cost spay/neuter surgery for the pets of people with limited means, the benefits of the fund are two-fold: healthier pets and a reduction in unanticipated litters of cats and dogs in the Arlington community.

In 2012 AWLA hired Dr. Christine Cottey to be the League’s first staff veterinarian. Dr. Cottey oversaw the medical care of all shelter animals, diagnosed disease, conducted tests, prescribed medication, performed dental procedures and, more than anything, performed spay/neuter surgery on every cat, dog and rabbit at the shelter. During her six years with the League, Dr. Cottey performed more than 6,000 surgeries for shelter animals and feral cats. Not having to transport animals off-site for surgery, coupled with Dr. Cottey’s superb surgical skill, greatly reduced stress on shelter animals, making their recoveries quicker and their path to adoption that much easier.

Dr. Cottey lost her long and valiant battle with cancer in December 2017 and in March 2018 the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies posthumously honored Dr. Cottey with their TNR (trap, neuter, return) Hero Award for her work to save the lives of feral cats and prevent their procreation. In October 2018 the League recognized Dr. Cottey’s lasting contribution to animal welfare by dedicating the shelter’s surgery suite in her honor and by naming the spay/neuter fund the Dr. Christine Cottey Spay/Neuter Fund.

Supported by generous public donations, this fund has enabled the League to help thousands of low-income pet owners have their animals sterilized. We think that Dr. Cottey would be pleased to have her name associated with a program that helps pet owners keep their animals healthy and “litter” free.

Donate here to support the Dr. Christine Cottey Spay/Neuter Fund.