Free Spay/Neuter Surgeries On Offer at Council Member Sharon Scott’s Food Drive

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

For Immediate Release:
December 6, 2018

Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382

Newport News, Va. – For the fourth year running, PETA’s mobile spay/neuter clinics will bring some additional holiday cheer to Council Member Sharon Scott’s 17th annual Holiday Food Drive on Thursday. 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. PETA is also collecting food items at its Norfolk headquarters at 501 Front St. through December 12.

When:    Thursday, December 13, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

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

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

“We are thrilled to team up with PETA again this year for a win-win for our community,” says Scott. “Together, we can help make the holidays a happy and healthy time for everyone.”

“PETA looks forward to fighting the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis and reaping nourishing vegan food for families to enjoy at the same time,” 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 161,000 dogs and cats.

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