Pro Pet Fix, a low-cost spay and neuter clinic, will be participating in World Spay Day 2012 on Tuesday, February 28.
Article by Maryanne Dell/ For the OC Register:
Annually, about half of the animals that enter U.S. shelters are put down by shelter workers. The reason? Overpopulation.
The nation has more dogs, cats and other animals than it has homes that want them. Public shelters are required by law to accept any animal brought to them – even those whose owners don’t want them because of reasons with which shelter workers might not agree.
World Spay Day 2012 – Feb. 28 – is an effort by the Humane Society of the U.S. and Humane Society International to increase awareness of the connection between pet overpopulation and pets that are not spayed or neutered.
“Often these animals (that are killed in shelters because there is not enough room for them) are the offspring of cherished family pets. Spay/neuter is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation, ensuring that every pet has a family to love them,” the website for the event says.
Many people don’t want to spay or neuter. Myths about the practice abound, and the website answers some of them. For example, contrary to what some people believe, medical evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are healthier than those who aren’t.
Here are a couple of local events being held in conjunction with the day:
- OC Animal Care will provide free spaying and neutering to all who adopt a pet on Feb. 25. Go here for more information.
- ProPetFix, a low-cost spay and neuter clinic, will spay and neuter 40 Chihuahuas on Feb. 28. The clinic decided on Chihuahuas because of recent increases in the number of the little dogs (Orange County Animal Care always has a lot of them available for adoption). Owners (no rescue groups) can make reservations by calling 714-738-3492 (714-900-3491 for Spanish). There’s a limit of two dogs per household; each must weigh under 15 pounds. If you aren’t sure if your dog is a Chihuahua, the clinic’s veterinarian will make the call. Volunteers also are needed for the event, which is being done with support from Orange County SPCA. The clinic is at 2407 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Fullerton.
- The Center for Spiritual Living in Capistrano Valley is sponsoring a dinner-dance Feb. 25 that will benefit homeless animals. “Do It for Love will be from 5 to 9 p.m. at Aliso Creek Inn, 31106 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach. Tickets are $50; all proceeds will go to an animal welfare group chosen by the event’s attendees. Tickets: 949-633-1056 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more national and international events go here.