Since 2001, PETA’s mobile “Spay and Neuter Immediately, Please” (SNIP) clinic has been providing free and low-cost spay-and-neuter surgeries (nearly 45,000!) in Virginia’s Hampton Roads area, where PETA is located. Earlier this week, we doubled the size of our lifesaving fleet, rolling out a second animal birth control mobile clinic.
Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim, who was on hand to cut the ribbon during the official unveiling of the clinic, praised PETA’s approach to the companion animal overpopulation crisis as intelligent and humane. That’s right—we’ve got smarts!
Check out these pictures of the new lifesaving clinic!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that a boatload of cats and dogs (4 million) are killed every year in the U.S. because there just aren’t homes for these animals. And you also know that when people don’t sterilize their animals, that contributes to the problem.
We’ve all seen the population pyramids: one fertile cat can produce 12 to 18 kittens every year, and one fertile dog can produce 12 to 20 puppies every year (not doing it together, of course). When you do the math, that can translate to more than 11,000 cats and more than 12,000 dogs in five years. The flipside of these overwhelming numbers is that we can stop a lot of suffering just by spaying or neutering one animal. And when we spay or neuter more animals, the savings multiply.
Posted by Grace Friedan