Free Spay/Neuter Surgeries to Be Offered at Council Member’s Holiday Food Drive

For Immediate Release:
December 12, 2022

David Perle 202-483-7382

Newport News, Va.Newport News Council Member Sharon Scott’s 21st Annual Holiday Food Drive starts Wednesday, and PETA’s mobile spay/neuter clinic will be on hand to “snip” dogs and cats for free for anyone who brings 10 nonperishable vegan food items, such as canned vegetables, beans, or soups.

When:    Wednesday, December 14, 8 a.m.

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

“The Annual Holiday Food Drive is a win-win for animals and their human companions who need a little extra help during the holidays,” says Scott. “We’re thankful to have PETA join us for the seventh year in a row, helping all the members of our community.”

“Spay and neuter surgeries help prevent more animals from being born into a world already bursting at the seams with homeless ones,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA encourages people to spread goodwill this holiday season by keeping dogs and cats off the streets, where they’re vulnerable to injury, illness, and abuse.”

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

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.

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