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Spay-a-Thon a Huge Success: 400 Dogs and Cats Get Snipped!

Written by Alisa Mullins | February 26, 2014

PETA hit a wonderful milestone recently―our 100,000th spay-or-neuter surgery. Then came World Spay Day and the debut of our newest mobile spay-and-neuter clinic. So we decided to celebrate—with a 24-hour spay-and-neuter marathon.

The “SNIP-a-thon” started on Monday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by philanthropist anna j. ware, whose generous donation enabled us to purchase our brand-new, state-of-the-art Martha and Ruby Mobile Clinic, named after two of anna’s rescued pit bulls, who are pictured on the back of the clinic:

Martha and Ruby SNIP Mobile Clinic

The beautiful, thought-provoking artwork on the clinic’s side panels is courtesy of PETA supporter Patrick McDonnell, creator of the always brilliant Mutts comic strip.


The spay-and-neuter marathon began at 6 p.m. on Monday and was supposed to conclude the next evening at 6 p.m., but because of the huge response, the last dog wasn’t checked out until 1:30 a.m.! As an added incentive to fill appointments during the overnight hours, we threw in free rabies shots for night owls. But the discount price of $25 per surgery proved to be incentive enough, and open slots were quickly snatched up.

White Dog with Guardian PETA Spayathon 2014

Cute Chihuahua Dog PETA Spayathon 2014
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Working in rotating shifts, PETA’s staff veterinarian, Dr. Zayas, was assisted by relief veterinarians Drs. Bean, Cleek, Fisher,  and Fox and husband-and-wife team Drs. Tommy and Jerilyn Mitchell. They were helped by a crew of 11 veterinary technicians and assistants, and a tag team of 40 PETA staffers and volunteers worked through the night checking patients in and out, monitoring animals during recovery, and cleaning and prepping cages.

Refreshments for clients and vet staff were generously donated by anna j. ware, StarbucksYorgo’s Bageldashery, and Azar’s Natural FoodsMax & Ruffy’s and Vegan Essentials donated dog treats to help ease the patients’ recovery.

Lulu the pit bull with guardian at PETA Spay-a-thon 2014

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PETA Spayathon 2014 German Shepherd

Dusk at PETA Spayathon 2014
Cute PitBull Puppy Dog PETA Spayathon 2014
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With the addition of the Martha and Ruby Mobile Clinic, PETA will have three clinics working full-time, seven days a week, to serve Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina.

PETA’s clinics are preventing thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens from being born only to be abandoned, neglected, or abused. These clinics aren’t just performing surgeries—they’re performing miracles. You can help stop the overpopulation crisis. Donate now to support PETA’s spay and neuter clinics.

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  • Sheila Mills says:


  • Leah Jean Travis says:

    Heartfelt thanks to PETA for everything you do for the animals. I love you guys!

  • wendy says:

    So glad you neutered so many animals. It is a good sign!

  • This is a brilliant idea, but it’s also going to save so many animals in the future from having bad lives or have to be put down!

    Also the photos here are adorable!

  • Jillouise says:

    400 spay/neutered companion animals is OUTSTANDING!!! Yay! Thank you!

  • Alberta Brenner Taylor says:

    Thanks so much for helping me on Tuesday .I will be so happy now that I am spayed & won’t go through the terrible cycle of “Love Potion #9” every few months.I also will not add to the population , kittens who possibly not be able to find Humans to adopt them.I was frightened being in such a strange and crowded place;but you made me feel safe and secure.Thank you so much Fiona (Taylor) C-100

  • Libby says:

    What a wonderfully amazing gift for both the animals and their human companions. Thank you again PeTA for this compassionate ‘celebration’