Written by Jeff Mackey
Although March was notable for its extreme weather and bracket-busting
basketball, PETA's Mobile Clinics
Division spent the month setting a much more important record—performing the most spay/neuter surgeries in any single month since the
We sterilized a record-breaking 582 females and 477 males in
March, for a grand total of 1,059 animals! Here are some of our "March
Coco is one of five female dogs living at a low-income
trailer park who were spayed during March. The dogs' guardians were extremely
grateful for the service and offered to donate something toward the cost, although
as one said, "We are all poor people here."
Alazae developed a physical condition that required surgery,
so her guardian opted to spay her instead of breeding her as he had planned to
Sprucie's guardians don't have much money, but they want what's
best for her!
Zola had already had several litters, but she won't be
giving birth to any more puppies who then take homes away from dogs in animal shelters.
preventing tens of thousands—or even hundreds of thousands—of births in just a few years,
our mobile clinics' achievement will continue to offer cause for celebration
long after Dunk City
alums are teaching their grandkids how to alley-oop.
To help PETA continue to break records and save animals'
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Written by Michelle Kretzer
is World Spay Day, which people celebrate by leafleting, assisting at low-cost
spay-and-neuter clinics, and doing their part to combat the animal-homelessness
crisis. Of course, for PETA's Mobile Clinics Division,
every day is Spay Day.
The clinics travel to underserved areas surrounding PETA's Norfolk, Virginia,
headquarters seven days a week to provide low-cost spay and neuter surgeries
and vaccinations—and we even supply
transportation to and from appointments when necessary.
Here are just a handful of the animals the clinics have helped
lives indoors, but she had somehow managed to become pregnant before her PETA
clinic appointment. Still, we were able to spay her in time, before she could
bring more puppies into a world already overwhelmed with animals who need good
aren't sure who's more adorable, Mese or her human. But one thing's certain:
They are both definitely happier since we drove Mese to our clinic and spayed
her for free.
is just as sweet as his name would suggest, and making sure that he got neutered was
pretty sweet, too.
spayed Lexie's sister in December, and that dog's guardians recommended our
services so highly that we ended up sterilizing the entire litter!
far this year, the clinics have spayed or neutered 1,672 animals! Considering that one unaltered female dog
and her offspring and their offspring and their offspring, etc., can produce
67,000 puppies in just six years and that in seven years, one unaltered female
cat and her offspring, etc., can produce 370,000 kittens, we were able to
prevent hundreds of thousands of unwanted animals from being born.
Day is the perfect opportunity to sponsor a surgery at one of PETA's clinics or learn how you can volunteer to help get animals in your own area spayed and neutered—and help make every day Spay Day.
Each month, PETA's mobile spay-and-neuter clinics alter
many hundreds of animals, preventing hundreds of thousands of unwanted ones from
being born. Every animal we help has a story. Here are a few of the many patients
who made it a September
Frieda's guardian is 80 years old, but
his love for his dog keeps him young at heart. He was thrilled that we could
spay Frieda and even give her a ride to and from our clinic.
Blue isn't blue anymore. This beautiful
pit bull, who lives indoors with her guardian, had sustained an eye injury.
Blue's guardian had planned to breed her, but since she didn't have the money
to treat Blue's injury, she agreed to let us spay the pup if we would treat her
eye. Now Blue is pain-free and litter-free.
RJ is a bouncy, happy pup. We
transported this young 80-pound ball of energy to our clinic, and now we are happy that he is not contributing to the animal-homelessness
Cotton wasn't a big fan of being driven
to our clinic and getting her free spay surgery, so this feisty kitten was super-happy
to get back into her guardian's waiting arms.
Magic is feeling a lot more magical
after PETA gave him a lift to our clinic, a flea bath and flea medicine, and a
little "snip" surgery.
animals, a summer romance can mean adding to the overpopulation crisis. But after July, nearly
800 animals near PETA's Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters won't have to worry
about "getting in trouble"—like Rizzo.
mobile veterinary clinics "snipped" 794
animals, including 154 whose families couldn't afford spay and neuter surgeries and 40 who
couldn't get to the veterinarian without a ride there and back.
patient, Trixie, lives in an area where there are no low-cost spay-and-neuter
services available. Her guardian, a grandmother who is single-handedly caring
for all her grandchildren, was ecstatic to be able to get Trixie spayed.
only did Coco the poodle get spayed, she also got the full beauty treatment.
Staffers removed the painful mats from her fur, and now she and her happy
guardian are sitting pretty.
to show animals some love this summer? Start by signing the pledge to end animal homelessness.
As the sky-high temperatures across the country make clear,
it's summer. But it's not vacation season for the staffers of PETA's mobile clinics division, who hit the road year-round to take low-cost to no-cost spay and neuter surgeries and other veterinary services to animals in need.
We kicked off the summer in fine fashion—in June alone, the
mobile clinics spayed and neutered 359 cats (84 of whom were feral) and 302
dogs, including 30 pit
bulls. Here are some more stats to break it down even further:
In total, 661 animals were altered in June alone, including Booboo,
whose guardian contacted PETA seeking help with flea prevention and grooming.
He initially planned to breed this little Pomeranian, but when PETA offered to
groom her for free, he gladly accepted the offer to have her spayed at the same
Another animal who caught the summer spay-and-neuter wave was
Daisy, who was just about to come into heat for the first time. Fortunately, her
guardians did not want that to happen, so PETA spayed her before she could have
Long summer days are the ideal time to help make life
brighter for dogs and cats by pledging to end animal homelessness. One great way to start is to support
PETA's work to address the homeless animal crisis—and you don't even have to go out in the
heat to do it!
4-year-old pit bull named Sandy owes her life to a spay surgery that came not a moment
too soon. Sandy's guardian had learned from her veterinarian that Sandy had a
serious uterine infection, and while spay surgery would probably have cured it
immediately, the vet's bill for the procedure would have been at least $900.
Sandy's owner opted for far less costly antibiotic treatment, but two weeks
later, Sandy's condition worsened. She stopped eating, and her distraught
guardian called PETA for advice.
that Sandy was gravely ill, the head of our Mobile Clinics Division rearranged the clinics'
schedules so that Sandy could be spayed the very next day (for free, a service that
we offer for all pit bulls). During the operation, PETA's vet discovered that
Sandy also had an enormous ovarian tumor. Suffering from two serious diseases,
she almost certainly would have died, likely within days, without surgery.
Sandy been spayed as a puppy, she never would have developed the painful
infection and ovarian tumor that put her life at risk. She is a living example
of how spaying and neutering not only prevents unwanted animals from being born into a
world bursting at the seams with them but also protects the health of
those who are already here.
two mobile clinics spayed or neutered 770 animals in May, including Kharma,
whose guardian was so grateful to have her spayed that despite his very limited
income, he donated $75 to the program:
We also spayed Muffin, who had already had one litter
of kittens for whom her guardian had difficulty finding homes:
stories like these occurring again and again each and every day, and you get some
idea of the vital work performed by our mobile clinics every month.
Some people may know about PETA only from
what they see on TV or read online or in the gossip mags, but celebrities aren't
the only stars who work for PETA. I'm talking about our hardworking superstar
spay-and-neuter clinic staffers, of course.
Six—sometimes seven!—days a week, PETA's
mobile clinics provide animals in Virginia and North Carolina with free to low-cost sterilization
surgeries. In April alone, the mobile clinics spayed or neutered 717 animals, and PETA's Community Animal Project fieldworkers even transported 29
more to and from the clinics. Here are just a few of the lucky animals "SNIP'ed"
by our fabulous medical team this month:
You can help end the animal homelessness crisis by volunteering at a spay-and-neuter clinic in your area or offering to
transport an animal belonging to someone without transportation to a spay or neuter
Update: The correct answer is that
during March, PETA's three mobile clinics spayed or neutered a whopping 882
animals. Thanks for participating in our contest and for your generous
donations that keep the mobile clinics running.
Every day, PETA's fleet of mobile veterinary clinics provides animals in Virginia and North Carolina with no-cost to low-cost spay-and-neuter
surgeries. If you can correctly guess how many animals PETA "snipped"
in March, you could win a dog-pampering set, complete with a new bowl, a Kong,
treats, toys, and Ingrid E. Newkirk's book Let's Have a Dog Party!
Meet Bridgette and Lucy, just two of the
animals who won't be "littering," thanks to their low-cost surgeries
Submit your guesstimates for how many
animals PETA snipped in March in the comments section. The person whose guess
comes closest to the actual number will win.
by Michelle Sherrow
The person whose answer comes closest to the actual number of animals PETA spayed
and neutered in March will be the winner. In the event of a tie, a random
drawing will be held to determine the winner. The contest will end on April 18, and we'll contact
the winner on April 20.
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prohibited by law.
On one balmy day in March, PETA's "SNIP-Mobile"
(Spay and Neuter Immediately, Please!) and our Holland M. Ware mobile spay-and-neuter clinic "snipped" 46 cats and 10 dogs, preventing hundreds of kittens and
puppies from being born!
those numbers by hundreds of days in a single year, and it's easy to see how
PETA's no-cost to low-cost spay-and-neuter clinics have prevented the births of
hundreds of thousands of unwanted animals since the debut of our first clinic in
2001 (we have sterilized more than 80,000 animals so far!). The mobile clinics
travel to low-income neighborhoods throughout southeastern Virginia and
northeastern North Carolina to reach animals whose guardians can't afford spay-and-neuter
surgeries or don't have transportation.
Help by always spaying
or neutering your animal companions and signing PETA's pledge to end animal
Here's one thing that dog and cat people
can agree on: Jennifer
Aniston and Jay Leno's conversation
on The Tonight Show about their rescued
animals and the importance of adoption was the bee's knees.
You can catch fellow adoption advocate Carrie Ann Inaba
on both the tube and YouTube when she launches her Web show, Crib Cat, which
will feature cats who are up for adoption. We're sure she'll play fair and not
give special consideration to PETA pal Martina Navratilova
on this season of Dancing With the Stars.
Carrie Ann is also using Twitter to
encourage people to save animals' lives. Here's what she and other celebs are
recently asked his Twitter followers to make donations for a new mobile SNIP clinic for
Watch for the inked, never minked,
celebrity on Spike's new season of Ink Master.
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When Meredith Vieira stopped by Ellen,
she said she was interested in going vegan—and scored herself a "Glass Walls" DVD,
and some other animal-friendly loot from PETA.
PETA also sent vegetarian GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan
an on-tour care package that included PETA's Vegan College Cookbook
and a list of vegetarian restaurants in the cities that he and the band are
Brit band The Wanted has crept up to number two on the U.S. iTunes
charts, and singer Jay McGuiness
crept up to number one on PETA U.K.'s Sexiest Vegetarian poll last year.
The smart money is on Timothy Bradley Jr.
to come out number one in his upcoming fight against Manny Pacquiao. The boxer
is training vegan to get in prime sparring shape.
To keep up with celebrity animal news, follow @PETA on Twitter.
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an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
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