Written by PETA
This week is the 83rd annual National Dog Week,
and to celebrate, we're showcasing some of the wonderful dogs (and a few cats) PETA has helped
recently with our mobile spay-and-neuter clinics.
One such dog is Bentley, a charming white
ball of fluff whose guardian does not drive and lives in a rural county where
there is no veterinary clinic. If not for PETA's SNIP
truck, Bentley likely would not have been neutered and may have contributed to
the animal homelessness
PETA's fleet of spay-and-neuter clinics
provides free and low-cost sterilization surgeries in southeast Virginia and
northeast North Carolina. So far this year, clinic workers have spayed and
neutered more than 7,500 animals and provided round-trip, door-to-door transportation
(often to remote residences) to more than 400 animals, free of charge. Nobody
is ever turned away because of financial reasons.
Please consider helping PETA continue to
offer free and low-cost sterilizations by making an ear-marked donation to our animal overpopulation fund. If you cannot
give at this time, consider volunteering at a local spay-and-neuter clinic or
offering to drive an animal whose guardian is without transportation to a
by Michelle Sherrow
A panel studying which preventative health services should be free under the Affordable Care Act has recommended that health insurance plans be required to fully cover the cost of birth control for patients. Of course, these same patients could still be dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, if their companion animals aren't spayed and neutered.
Fortunately, many veterinarians and sheltering agencies across the country have recognized the critical importance of low-cost services. PETA's mobile SNIP clinics (Spay and Neuter Immediately, Please), which operate in and around our Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters, have spayed and neutered more than 74,000 animals, preventing the births and inevitable suffering of hundreds of thousands of unwanted animals.
Still, litter after litter of puppies and kittens is born into a world bursting at the seams with unwanted animals. Until healthcare plans start providing free birth control for animals, we'll all have to do our part by offering to set up appointments and provide transportation for friends' and neighbors' animals and by encouraging local animal shelters to offer low-cost "snips" if they don't already.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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