Calendar Item: Halloween Special—Black Cats to Be ‘Snipped’ for Free at PETA

For Immediate Release:
October 15, 2014

David Perle 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Vir. – It’s no trick—if you share your home with a black cat, you’re in for a treat this Halloween. PETA’s mobile veterinary clinics will offer free spay and neuter surgeries for all black cats and black kittens who are more than 14 weeks old:

When:   Thursday, October 30, check-in from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in Norfolk
              Thursday, October 30, check-in from 8-9 a.m. in Newport News

Where:  PETA’s Sam Simon Center, 501 Front St., Norfolk,
              and Midtown Community Center, 570 McLawhorne Dr., Newport News

Appointments must be made by October 25 by calling PETA at 757-622-PETA (7382), extension 3.

“The homeless-animal overpopulation crisis is frightful, but Hampton Roads residents can help by spaying and neutering,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “For every black cat who gets ‘snipped’ for free at PETA for Halloween, countless more kittens won’t be born into a world already bursting at the seams with homeless cats.”

Every year, 6 to 8 million dogs and cats end up in animal shelters across the U.S., and half of them must be euthanized because there aren’t enough good homes for them. The solution is simple: spaying and neutering, a service that PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—provides for free and at low cost in Hampton Roads.

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