Veterinary Program Arrives to Help 'Snip' Southern Virginia's Homeless-Animal Overpopulation Crisis in the Bud
For Immediate Release:
May 13, 2016
David Perle 202-483-7382
Hopewell, Va. – On June 1, PETA’s mobile veterinary clinic will make its inaugural visit to Hopewell, where it will set up shop outside the Hopewell Community Center (100 W. City Point Rd.). PETA’s low-cost veterinary program—which never turns away clients based on how much they can pay for spay or neuter surgeries—is expanding, and Hopewell is one of its new stops.
Appointments can be made by calling 757-622-7382, extension 3, or visiting PETA.org/SpayNeuter.
“Virginia’s animal overpopulation crisis is a grim reality—more than 220,000 dogs and cats entered Virginia shelters last year,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “The expansion of PETA’s spay/neuter program means fewer litters born into a world already bursting at the seams with unwanted ones, fewer admissions and surrenders of animals, and therefore less euthanasia in our shelters.”
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. In addition to combating the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis, sterilizing animals makes them 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 provided low-cost spay/neuter services to more than 127,000 dogs and cats, including 11,929 in 2015.
PETA’s clinics currently park at locations in Virginia such as Boykins, Chesapeake, the Eastern Shore, Emporia, Franklin, Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight County, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Suffolk, Surry, Wakefield, and Windsor.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.