PETA’s $10 Holiday Spay-a-Thon Coming to Roanoke Rapids

It’s a Santa Special for Dogs and Cats: Low Cost Surgery and Free Transportation Offered in City's Center

For Immediate Release:
December 4, 2014

Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382

Roanoke Rapids, N.C. – Trying to figure out the perfect gift for that special someone in your family? PETA has the answer—and it’ll only cost you $10. Starting Tuesday, PETA will offer spay and neuter surgeries for just $10 and will meet clients at the Tractor Supply Co. in Roanoke Rapids. The group will transport dogs and cats for free to its veterinary clinic and back again:

Drop-Off Location:   Tractor Supply Co., 1350 Julian R. Allsbrook Hwy. (near the intersection with Old Farm Road), Roanoke Rapids

Drop-Off Time:   Tuesday, December 9, 8 a.m.

Pick-Up Time:   Tuesday, December 9, 3:30 p.m.

The mobile veterinary clinic will be parked nearby at 307 E. Atlantic St. in Emporia, Va. Appointments are required and can be made by calling PETA at 757-622-PETA (7382), extension 3.

“Animal shelters are already overrun with dogs and cats in desperate need of a good home, and the best way to fix the problem is to ‘fix’ dogs and cats—a preventive measure that makes a world of difference,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA is eager to help animal guardians make this holiday season merrier for dogs and cats by cutting down on the number of puppies and kittens born into homelessness.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—has “fixed” nearly 110,000 dogs and cats since 2001 through its mobile spay/neuter program, which neuters pit bulls and feral cats for free in an effort to reduce the number of homeless animals in southern Virginia and northern North Carolina, and the clinic never turns away clients for lack of funds. 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.

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