PETA to Celebrate Spay Day and 100,000th Surgery With 24-Hour Spay-a-Thon

Group Will Kick Off Brand-New Mobile Clinic by 'Snipping' Fees

For Immediate Release:
February 18, 2014

Contact:
David Perle 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – February has been a record-breaking month for PETA, which just marked its 100,000th spay/neuter surgery since its clinics’ inception in 2001 with the spaying of Coco, a female pit bull from Lewiston, N.C., who was purposely bred three times before her guardians decided to do the right thing and get her “fixed.” And since the milestone comes just in time for World Spay Day (on February 25), PETA will celebrate with “Sit. Spay. Save. Good Parent,” a special 24-hour, $25 spay/neuter marathon at its Norfolk headquarters:

When:   6 p.m. Monday, February 24, to 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 25

Where:  PETA’s Sam Simon Center, 501 Front St., Norfolk  

As an added incentive, all appointments booked during the overnight hours of 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. will include an optional free rabies vaccination. Appointments are required—please call PETA at 757-622-PETA (7382), extension 3. Payments must be made in cash.

“PETA’s special offer will allow people to save money and lives by ensuring that their cats and dogs will never again contribute to the population of unwanted puppies and kittens on the streets and in shelters,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch.

PETA will also roll out its brand-new, state-of-the-art mobile clinic donated by philanthropist anna j. ware and named the Martha and Ruby Mobile Clinic after two of her beloved pit bulls. The colorful wrap on the van is courtesy of Mutts comic strip creator Patrick McDonnell and shows captive animals—including a chained dog and an elephant—dreaming of freedom.

Every year, animal shelters are forced to euthanize millions of unwanted cats and dogs for lack of suitable homes. Countless other animals are abandoned to fend for themselves outdoors. In addition to not contributing to the companion animal overpopulation crisis, 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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