Free Spay/Neuter Surgeries to Be Offered at Holiday Food Drive

PETA Will 'Snip' Dogs and Cats in Exchange for Donations of Nonperishable Vegan Food

For Immediate Release:
December 7, 2017

David Perle 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va.What:    PETA’s mobile spay/neuter clinics will bring some additional holiday cheer to Council Member Sharon Scott’s 16th annual Holiday Food Drive on Wednesday. Families who donate seven items of nonperishable vegan food for humans—such as canned vegetables, beans, or soups—will receive a free spay or neuter surgery for an animal companion.

When:    Wednesday, December 13, 8–8:30 a.m. for dogs and 8:30–9 a.m. for cats

Where:    Denbigh Community Center, 15198 Warwick Blvd. (near Mercer Lane), Newport News

Appointments are limited and can be made by calling 757-622-7382, extension 3, or visiting

“We are thrilled to have PETA join us again this year to provide a service to our citizens in exchange for nonperishable food items,” says Scott. “Together we are making a positive impact and helping to ‘Take a Bite Out of Hunger’ for the holidays.”

“PETA’s clinics have spayed and neutered more than 12,000 dogs and cats just this year, and now is the perfect time for animal guardians to make a New Year’s resolution to help us snip animal overpopulation in the bud,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “By participating in the Holiday Food Drive, animal guardians can help feed those in need while reducing the number of puppies and kittens born into homelessness.”

Every year, millions of homeless cats, dogs, and other animals—including tens of thousands in Virginia—have to be euthanized because there simply aren’t enough good homes for them. The solution is prevention through sterilization. Since 2001, PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—has performed low-cost spay/neuter surgeries on more than 149,000 dogs and cats.

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