For Immediate Release:
May 12, 2023
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382
Galax, Va. – “Get snippy with us!” That’s the message PETA will send next Thursday and Friday when the group teams up with the Twin County Humane Society and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue to deliver free spay and neuter surgeries to over 100 animals on two of its mobile clinics. With appointments fully booked, PETA’s staff will work double shifts and vaccinate and microchip the animals, too.
When: Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19
Where: 21 Matthews St., Galax
On May 18 from 12 noon to 3 p.m., light refreshments will be served and animal guardians will be available for interviews, but your attendance is welcome at any time during the two-day event.
“We have a homeless-animal crisis in our country, but the solution is simple: spaying and neutering,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA urges everyone to do their part to fix the problem and help give their beloved cats and dogs a happy, healthier future.”
Veterinarian and Twin County Humane Society Vice President Dr. Stephanie Kordick agrees: “One of the biggest challenges we deal with in our community is the number of homeless and unwanted animals,” she says. “We receive daily requests from people who have litters of puppies and kittens that they didn’t expect and aren’t able to care for. Increasing spay and neuter capacity will help reduce future generations of unwanted animals. We try to find homes for all of these animals, but there just aren’t enough. It’s a real crisis.”
PETA’s mobile clinics have sterilized over 217,000 animals since the program’s inception in 2001, preventing the births of hundreds of thousands of unwanted kittens and puppies. Sterilization also reduces or eliminate animals’ risk of suffering from several reproductive health issues and can lead to longer and happier lives.