Handel and ‘Bark’ Spay/Neuter Special: Free Surgeries With Musical Instrument Donation

PETA Special Will Help Combat Animal Homelessness, Collect Gently Used Instruments for Disadvantaged Children

For Immediate Release:
July 2, 2018

Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – As part of its Handel and “Bark” spay/neuter event, PETA is offering free surgeries for four-legged family members at its Sam Simon Center on July 18—but there are some strings attached. Anyone wishing to take advantage of the special should bring in a gently used musical instrument—CDs or vinyl records score half-price surgeries—for PETA to donate to the Chesapeake’s Kids’ The Musical Instruments Project. (Donations “just because”—from people without an animal companion to “fix”—are also welcome!)

When:    Wednesday, July 18, 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m. ET

Where:    PETA’s Sam Simon Center, 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.

“Free spay and neuter surgeries should be music to any responsible guardian’s ears,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA encourages all musically inclined animal guardians to take advantage of this special and do two good deeds at once.”

More than 226,000 dogs and cats were admitted to animal shelters across Virginia last year 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 always have them spayed or neutered.

PETA’s mobile clinics have sterilized more than 155,000 animals since the program’s inception in 2001, preventing the births of hundreds of thousands of unwanted kittens and puppies. Sterilized animals live longer and happier lives, are less likely to develop cancer of the reproductive system, and—in the case of neutered males—are less likely to roam or fight.

For more information, please visit PETA.org or PETA.org/SpayNeuter.

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