PETA Halloween Special: Lucky Black Cats ‘Snipped’ for Free!

Group’s Mobile Clinic Will Waive Spay-and-Neuter Charges to Help Keep the Scary Specter of Feline Homelessness at Bay

For Immediate Release:
October 21, 2013

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Nofolk, Va. —  There’s nothing unlucky about black cats—as long as their guardians are diligent about having them spayed or neutered. That’s why PETA is offering Hampton Roads residents the services of its mobile veterinary clinic to spay and neuter black cats and black kittens who are more than 14 weeks old free of charge before Halloween:

Date:   Wednesday, October 30
Time:   8–9 a.m. drop-off (with appointment only; space is limited)
Place:  Holland Ware Mobile Clinic, PETA headquarters, 501 Front St., Norfolk 

“For all the black cats we spay or neuter, this Halloween could be the luckiest day of their lives,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “It means that more kittens won’t be brought into the world just to end up struggling for survival on the mean streets or dying for a home at a local animal shelter.”

Every year, animal shelters are forced to euthanize millions of unwanted cats and kittens for lack of a suitable home. Countless other animals are abandoned to fend for themselves outdoors. Sterilized animals are less likely to develop cancer of the reproductive system, get into fights, and become infected with deadly, contagious diseases such as feline leukemia and feline AIDS.

PETA’s mobile clinics have sterilized more than 97,000 animals since the program’s inception in 2001, preventing the births of hundreds of thousands of unwanted kittens and puppies. PETA also cautions cat guardians never to allow cats outside unattended. Doing so leaves them vulnerable to car accidents, attacks by other animals, and abuse by cruel people. Black cats, especially, have often been stolen, tortured, and/or killed around Halloween.

Appointments must be made by October 25 by calling 757-622-7382 and choosing option 3. 
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