Snip, Snip, Hooray! PETA ‘Spays’ the Day in Danville

Published by Lindsay Pollard-Post.

Preventing animal homelessness is as easy as 1-2-3—surgeries, that is. PETA spayed or neutered 123 animals from September 29 through October 1, when our mobile clinic made its third annual trip to the Danville Area Humane Society (DAHS) in rural Virginia.

2016 spay/neuter event in Danville

2016 spay/neuter event in Danville

2016 spay/neuter event in Danville

Dogs were spayed or neutered for $15 each and cats for just $10, a steal—and a lifesaver in an area where animals are in desperate need of these services. PETA’s clinic also administered vaccinations, heartworm tests, and other vital care. Special thanks go to local veterinarian Dr. Katie Rohrig, who stepped in at the last minute and saved the day when PETA’s veterinarian had a family emergency on the third day.

2016 spay/neuter event in Danville

2016 spay/neuter event in Danville

2016 spay/neuter event in Danville

2016 spay/neuter event in Danville

PETA’s team members gave their all during the three-day spay/neuter sprint, but they didn’t leave empty-handed. While they were at DAHS, this sweet little dog, Lucy, was surrendered by her elderly guardian who could no longer care for her.


Trembling and panting, Lucy was extremely stressed after having her life suddenly uprooted. Knowing that the trauma of going from a quiet home to a shelter would be especially hard on her, PETA’s team offered to ease the strain on her (and on the shelter) by taking her back to PETA’s Sam Simon Center headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, for adoption. DAHS staff enthusiastically agreed to this plan, and Lucy seemed to approve, too: She immediately relaxed when she was loaded into the mobile clinic for the ride back to Norfolk.


She is currently being fostered by a PETA staffer and will soon be available for adoption. Interested in loving Lucy? E-mail [email protected] to tell us how you’ll provide her with the perfect home.

What You Can Do

If you haven’t had your animal companions “fixed” yet, don’t delay—every “oops” litter means fewer homes for animals like Lucy. If you live in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, call 757-622-7382, option 3, or visit to schedule an appointment. You can also help keep PETA’s fleet of low- or no-cost spay/neuter clinics on the road and saving lives by making a donation to support its vital services.

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