Guess Who Saved Millions of Animals in 2016? PETA’s Mobile Clinics!

Published by Lindsay Pollard-Post.

People will remember 2016 for all kinds of reasons, but at PETA, we’re celebrating it as the year when the group’s mobile spay/neuter clinics broke every record on the books.

We spayed or neutered a jaw-dropping 15,107 animals in 2016—all at low or no cost to their guardians. That’s the highest number of animals “fixed” in one year since the program began, topping even the previous year’s impressive record of 11,929 animals.

PETA Mobile Clinic client Angel with guardians

The animals we sterilized last year included 602 feral cats, 5,142 prepubescent animals (who will now never create unwanted litters), 1,343 pit bulls—the most abused dog breed on the planet—and 9,518 animals whose guardians couldn’t otherwise have afforded surgeries for them. In every category, the mobile clinics bested previous years’ records.

PETA Mobile Clinic client Foxy with guardian

Since one female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years, and one female cat and her offspring can produce 370,000 kittens in just seven years, every “snip” potentially saves millions of animals from being born only to suffer on the streets or enter already overburdened animal shelters.

Even though it was the busiest year ever for PETA’s mobile clinics staff, they still made time to go out into the community and spread the word that the most important thing that we can do to end the homeless-animal crisis is to have our animal companions spayed and neutered. The team reached out with information and assistance at many local happenings throughout the year, including parades, career days at elementary schools, “Trunk or Treat” and “Dogs Gone Swimming” events, and more.

PETA Mobile Clinic client Diamond with guardian

In addition to spay/neuter surgeries, PETA also provided animals with free rabies vaccinations, veterinary care, flea and tick treatment, and many other services, including delivering doghouses and straw to dogs chained outside in the cold.

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