February 17, 2012
Pets for Life to Fund Spay/Neuter Services in Underserved Communities During February
Doris Day Animal Foundation Grant for World Spay Day Helps Subsidize Spay/Neuter Costs
In celebration of World Spay Day, The Humane Society of the United States’ Pets for Life program announced it will work with local partners to provide $75,000 in free pet spay/neuter services in underserved communities. The services will be provided throughout February as a result of a generous World Spay Day grant to The HSUS from the Doris Day Animal Foundation.
“Thanks to the Doris Day Animal Foundation, we are able to do even more this month to extend the critical services provided by our local animal welfare partners to even more people and pets who need them most,” said Cory Smith, senior director for Pets for Life. “This funding will help us build more humane communities and improve overall companion animal health and welfare by providing life-changing assistance for pet owners who cannot afford or have access to these essential services.”
Pets for Life is an ongoing program that extends the reach of animal welfare services, resources and information to people and pets in underserved communities. In addition to funding the services, The HSUS’ PFL program helps communities effectively target resources to pet owners who would otherwise be overlooked. PFL also helps to provide transportation when needed, and conducts in-depth follow up to ensure that each scheduled spay/neuter appointment is positive and successful.
The following is a list of Spay/Neuter events being sponsored by Pets for Life:
- The HSUS’ Pets for Life Atlanta program and LifeLine Animal Project are holding a “Free Fix for Pits” campaign throughout February to provide free spay/neuter services for 100 pit bull type dogs from Fulton, DeKalb, and Clayton counties. PFL Atlanta will also sponsor $4000 worth of cat sterilizations for low-income owners and feral cats at Furkids throughout February.
- Pets for Life Chicago and PAWS Chicago’s Lurie Clinic will sponsor spay/neuter surgeries throughout February for pit bull type dogs and other animals from underserved communities.
- On Feb. 28 PFL Chicago will host a World Spay Day celebration at PAWS Chicago’s Lurie Clinic where they will provide spay/neuter information and offer free surgeries for animals from select zip codes.
- PFL Chicago will sponsor spay/neuter surgeries at The Anti-Cruelty Society for underserved pet owners from the Pullman, Pilsen and North Lawndale communities. These owners signed up for the surgeries at vaccine clinics in their communities, done in collaboration with Chicago Animal Care & Control, the ASPCA, Safe Humane Chicago, PAWS Chicago and the Anti-Cruelty Society, as well as the alderman in each of the communities.
- PFL Chicago and Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue will offer free spay/neuter surgeries at the Woodlawn Animal Hospital in South Side Chicago for persons who cannot otherwise afford the service for their pets.
- Pets for Life Los Angeles, the Found Animals Foundation and Spay LA will host a one-day mobile free spay/neuter, vaccination and microchip clinic in Boyle Heights on Feb. 26.
- PFL Los Angeles will also sponsor vaccines and sterilization surgeries at the Spay Neuter Project of Los Angeles clinic in Van Nuys from Feb. 27-29.
- Pets for Life Philadelphia will sponsor free spay/neuter and vaccination services provided by the Pennsylvania SPCA and the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society for low-income pet owners during the month of February, most reached through HSUS community outreach efforts.
- PFL Philadelphia will also sponsor spay/neuter surgeries of animals brought into clinics by local trap neuter return groups throughout the month of February.
For more information about these events, visit worldspayday.org.
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