Giant ‘Condoms’ Descend on Macon With Lifesaving Message: Get Your Cats and Dogs Fixed!

Unwanted Offspring Die by the Millions in Animal Shelters and on the Streets, Says Group

For Immediate Release:
October 11, 2013

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Macon, Ga. — Holding signs that read, “Condoms Won’t Work: Fix Your Dog/Cat!” two PETA members dressed as giant condoms—one pink and one blue—will hand out leaflets on animal birth control at a busy intersection in Macon on Monday. Their point? That the only way to get a handle on the cat and dog overpopulation crisis is always to have your animals spayed or neutered. 

When:   Monday, October 14, 12 noon

Where:  Northeast corner of Cherry and Third streets, Macon

“If cats and dogs could wear condoms, millions of animals would be spared suffering and death,” says PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Lindsay Rajt. “But they can’t—so it’s up to their guardians to take responsibility for spaying and neutering.” 

Between 6 and 8 million unwanted cats and dogs enter animal shelters every year in the U.S., and roughly half of them are euthanized because there simply aren’t enough good homes for them. Millions more never make it to an animal shelter and are left to fend for themselves on the streets, where they often are subjected to cruelty, are struck by cars, or suffer from starvation, disease, or injuries. The solution is simple: Always spay or neuter your animal companions. Spaying one female dog can prevent 67,000 births in six years, and spaying one female cat can prevent 370,000 births in seven years.

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