PETA Offers Free Spaying and Neutering for Missing Mother Cat and Puppies

Group Needs Help From Public to ‘Fix’ Animals After Mother Dog and Nursing Kittens Found Outside Animal Shelter

For Immediate Release:
July 15, 2013

David Perle 202-483-7382

Terrell, Texas — A mother dog and two kittens were abandoned in a cardboard box outside the Terrell Animal Adoption Center while it was closed for the July 4 holiday weekend. The female Chihuahua and the kittens, whom she was nursing, were discovered by a police officer and have been placed with a local rescue group, but the dog’s puppies and the kittens’ mother have yet to be found. That’s why PETA is urging anyone with information regarding the animals’ whereabouts to come forward—and is offering free spay or neuter surgeries for the missing animals.

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“This caring dog and her adopted kittens will find a good home, but the puppies and mother cat who are missing may be in need of help—and the mother cat may already be on her way to producing another homeless litter,” says PETA Director Martin Mersereau. “PETA urges Terrell-area residents to come forward with any information that may help us find—and ‘fix’—the missing animals.”

Six to 8 million dogs and cats end up at animal shelters every year, and half of them must be euthanized because there simply aren’t enough good homes for them. Others never make it to a safe haven and are abandoned to fend for themselves on the streets, as the Chihuahua and kittens would have been if they had not been found in time. The only effective, long-term solution to the homeless animal overpopulation crisis is spaying and neutering.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call PETA at 757-622-PETA.

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