Danville, Virginia, is the birthplace of the first female member of Parliament and home to the Martinsville Speedway, the American Armoured Foundation Tank Museum, innumerable cats, and an awesome humane society. To help the latter two, PETA sent one of our mobile spay/neuter clinics to the rural town near the North Carolina border last week to participate in the second annual free spay-a-thon at the Danville Area Humane Society (DAHS).
DAHS’ resident feline greeters graciously assisted spay/neuter clients with their paperwork …
… and helped comfort nervous patients.
Thanks to a donation from a charitable trust set up to fund spay/neuter surgeries, educational outreach, and other programs in central Virginia (where there are few low-cost spay/neuter programs), we were able to spay and neuter 121 cats and dogs during our three-day visit …
… as well as two bunnies.
To get an idea of the impact that these surgeries will have on the animal-overpopulation crisis, multiply the graph below by 120. That’s how many homeless animals WON’T be born in the next two years:
One feline patient’s tail was accidentally shut in a door on the morning of her surgery, but our veterinarian was able to treat the injury while the cat was anesthetized, much to the relief of her worried guardians, who couldn’t afford veterinary care at a private clinic.
Our clinic staffers also treated several adoptable animals at the shelter for a variety of ailments, including upper respiratory infections, an eye ulcer, and tumors.
What You Can Do
If you live in the Hampton Roads, Virginia, area and would like to make a spay/neuter appointment, call 757-622-7382, option 3, or visit PETA.org/spayneuter. PETA’s fleet of low- to no-cost spay/neuter clinics provide animals in need across southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina with this vital service. Because the clinics operate at a loss, we rely on donations to keep those big wheels turning. Please consider supporting this lifesaving program.