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February 11, 2013

The Humane Society of the United States to Expand Spay/Neuter Services in Under-served Communities during February

Doris Day Animal Foundation grant for World Spay Day helps subsidize additional spay/neuter surgeries

Kid with cat at Pets for Life outreach event

James Evans/Illume Communications

In celebration of World Spay Day, and thanks to a $40,000 grant from the Doris Day Animal Foundation, The Humane Society of the United States’ Pets for Life program will work with local partners to provide free pet spay/neuter services in under-served communities throughout February.

“The Humane Society of the United States provides free spay/neuter services all year long, but thanks to the generosity of Doris Day Animal Foundation, we will be able to help even more people and pets,” said Amanda Arrington, director for The HSUS’ Pets for Life program. “World Spay Day gives us the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the local spay/neuter providers, our partners in the effort to reduce community suffering and prevent animals from being relinquished to shelters.”

The HSUS builds humane communities using innovative strategies and fresh approaches designed to extend the reach of animal services, resources and information to under-served areas. For more information on the program, click here. View the new HSUS: Pets for Life video.

The following is a list of Spay/Neuter events being sponsored by The HSUS:

Atlanta:

  • The HSUS’ Pets for Life Atlanta team and The Ark Animal Hospital “Fix a Pet.” Each Saturday through the month of February, The HSUS and The Ark Animal Hospital will provide 100 free spay/neuters for dogs and cats from the 30318 ZIP code area.

Chicago:

  • The HSUS’ Pets for Life Chicago team will partner with the Tree House Humane Society to offer free spay/neuters to pet owners on the lower-west side of Chicago all month long. The HSUS’ Chicago’s community organizer, also a veterinary technician, will volunteer at Tree House Humane Society’s BVDM Mac Lean Spay/Neuter Clinic to assist with surgeries on World Spay Day, Feb. 26. That day, the clinic will fix 50 feral and community cats in Chicago.

Los Angeles:

  • The HSUS’ Pets for Life Los Angeles team will team up with North Figueroa Animal Hospital on World Spay Day, Feb. 26, and with East LA Dog and Cat Hospital on Feb. 28 to offer free spay/neuter surgeries and vaccines to residents of 90033 or 90023.

Philadelphia:

  • The HSUS’ Pets for Life Philadelphia team will be celebrating World Spay Day the entire month of February by targeting specific neighborhoods in North Philadelphia to sign up pets for free spay/neuter appointments, in partnership with the Pennsylvania SPCA and Animal Care and Control.

For more information about these events, visit worldspayday.org.

Media Contact: Raúl Arce-Contreras: 301-721-6440; rcontreras@humanesociety.org

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