Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — The East Bay SPCA will perform up to 90 free spay and neuter surgeries for pit bulls and pit bull mixes, Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes, and cats on Tuesday, February 26, 2012 to commemorate World Spay Day. The annual one day marathon promotes spay/neuter surgery as a proven, effective means of saving animals’ lives.
The East Bay SPCA is offering the free spay and neuter surgeries to pets belonging to families living in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties at both its Oakland and Dublin Spay/Neuter Surgery Centers. All free spay/neuter appointments have been filled.
EBSPCA offers regular affordable spay and neuter services to privately owned pets Tuesday through Friday at its two Spay/Neuter Surgery Centers, but for many families still struggling in a down economy, any amount they have to pay to have their pet altered is too costly.
“We wanted to set aside one day on World Spay Day to help families get their pit bulls, Chihuahuas and cats fixed for free,” says Allison Lindquist, EBSPCA’s president/ceo. “While we offer low cost, high quality care year round, we are happy to participate in this international event to bring even more awareness and accessibility to spay/neuter, which is proven to save animals lives.”
Lindquist says the number of pit bulls and Chihuahuas entering Bay Area shelters has increased dramatically in the past few years as the breeds’ popularity has grown. “Nearly half of all dogs entering many Bay Area shelters are Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes or pit bulls and pit bull mixes. Sadly, an increasing number of adult cats are also being surrendered to shelters. Spaying and neutering is the only way to prevent more of these unwanted animals from entering shelters.”
Spaying and neutering also helps keep dogs and cats healthy by reducing or eliminating the possibility of certain cancers. The important surgery also eliminates the problems and risks associated with pregnancy, particularly in Chihuahuas that often have trouble giving birth. And, a neutered dog or cat is less likely to spray and mark his territory or roam away from home, which will keep him safe from becoming lost or hit by a car.
The free spay and neuter surgeries will be performed February 26th at the EBSPCA’s Oakland Spay/Neuter Surgery Center located at 410 Hegenberger Road in Oakland, and at the EBSPCA’s Dublin Spay/Neuter Surgery Center located at 4651 Gleason Drive in Dublin. All spay and neuter surgeries will include free vaccinations (regularly $15 to $25 each), and free pain medication. Pet owners can also opt to have an identification microchip implanted in their pet for just $10 (regular price is $30).
World Spay Day is presented by The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International in collaboration with animal welfare organizations, veterinary professionals, businesses, and individuals worldwide to shine a spotlight on spay/neuter as a proven means of saving animals’ lives.
About East Bay SPCA The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) is a nonprofit organization committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. More information about EBSPCA can be found at http://www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.
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