Although the event is booking up quickly, free appointments are now available for cats at PETA’s 12-hour Spay-a-Thon event on Tuesday, February 23.
All Spay-a-Thon surgical appointments for cats will be free. PETA’s special “Spay Day” pricing—$15 for cats, commemorating the 15th anniversary of PETA’s mobile clinics, and $35 for dogs, commemorating PETA’s 35th year of rescuing and speaking up for animals—will continue throughout the rest of February and March. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 757-622-7382, extension 3, or visiting PETA.org/SpayNeuter.
“PETA is celebrating milestones in the best way we know how: by preventing thousands of dogs and cats from being born into homelessness,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “As animal shelters continue to turn away animals in droves, there’s not a moment to lose in addressing the overpopulation crisis.”
Every year, animal shelters are forced to euthanize millions of homeless cats, dogs, and other animals—including tens of thousands in Virginia—for lack of decent homes. Spaying and neutering prevents animals from contributing to the overpopulation crisis. In addition, 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.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—offers low-cost spay/neuter services year-round. PETA’s fleet of mobile clinics has spayed and neutered more than 123,000 dogs and cats since 2001, 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.