Low-Cost Special Offer in Honor of Annual Spay Holiday Will Help 'Fix' Companion Animal Homelessness and Overpopulation
For Immediate Release:
February 15, 2019
Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. – “Get Snippy With Us!” That’s the message on PETA’s ad for its World Spay Day Spay-a-Thon, which will offer free and low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for four-legged family members on February 22: Each dog sterilization will cost just $40, while spay surgeries for female cats will cost $20 each—and male cats will be neutered for free. All three of PETA’s mobile clinics will operate double shifts, with a goal to “fix” 180 animals that day:
When: Friday, February 22, 7:30 a.m.– 6 p.m.
Where: PETA, 501 Front St., Norfolk
Appointments are required. They can be made by calling PETA at 757-622-PETA (7382), extension 3, or visiting PETA.org/SpayNeuterAppt.
“Every day is ‘Spay Day’ for PETA, whose fleet of mobile clinics goes to more than 40 locations in underserved areas to help the most at-risk animals,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA invites members of our community to come ‘get snippy with us’ to prevent unwanted births and give their beloved animals a happy, healthier future.”
More than 211,000 dogs and cats were admitted to animal shelters across Virginia in 2018 alone, and tens of thousands of them had to be euthanized—many simply for lack of good homes. Every year, countless other animals are abandoned to fend for themselves outdoors, where they may freeze, be hit by cars, or endure abuse. That’s why PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—urges people to adopt animals from a local shelter and to have them spayed or neutered.
Spaying and neutering also prevents several reproductive health issues and can lead to longer and happier lives. PETA’s mobile clinics have sterilized more than 161,000 companion animals since the program’s inception in 2001—including more than 11,464 in 2018 alone—preventing the births of hundreds of thousands of unwanted kittens and puppies.