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

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

For Immediate Release:
December 5, 2016

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va.What:    PETA’s mobile spay/neuter clinics will bring some additional holiday cheer to Council Member Sharon Scott’s 15th annual Holiday Food Drive on Wednesday. Families who donate seven cans of nonperishable vegan food—such as canned vegetables, beans, or soups—will receive a free spay or neuter surgery for their animal companions.

 When:    Wednesday, December 14, 9 a.m.–12 noon

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

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

“Across Virginia, thousands of homeless dogs and cats will never get the opportunity to spend the holidays with a loving family,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA invites everyone to join us at the Holiday Food Drive, where we’ll be feeding our community and combating the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis, one spay or neuter surgery at a time.”

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, which also makes animals less likely to develop cancer of the reproductive system and—in the case of neutered males—less likely to roam or fight.

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 136,154 dogs and cats.

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