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Southern Pines Offers Free Spay, Neuter Services For Cats In April

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The following is from the Southern Pines Animal Shelter Spay & Neuter Clinic:

HATTIESBURG, MS (April 1, 2014) –  During the month of April, 2014, Southern Pines Spay & Neuter Clinic will be offering no-cost spays and neuters plus free rabies vaccinations as part of "Community Catch," PetSmart Charities' <http://www.petsmartcharities.org/>  spay/neuter campaign to alter free-roaming cats.   If left unaltered, unowned feral and stray cats produce large quantities of unwanted kittens each spring, flooding local animal shelters and leading to higher euthanasia rates.  By taking a proactive approach and getting the cats fixed now, Southern Pines will help lessen the impact of the coming kitten season.
 
Spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population and is safe for kittens as young as eight to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Spaying a female cat before the first heat cycle can be beneficial, improving the health of the cat by reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.
 
"Female cats can have as many as three litters a year, and kittens can breed as young as four months old," says Valerie Rachal, Research and Development Manager for Southern Pines Animal Shelter.  "Most people don't want to see the cats they're feeding get pregnant over and over again, so hopefully our "Community Catch" campaign will serve as a gentle reminder to caretakers of free-roaming cat colonies to catch and sterilize their cats."
 
This special free rate is available to all residents of the Pine Belt. Residents feeding free-roaming cats who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the "Community Catch" campaign when scheduling their appointment. Appointments are based on availability.  All cats must come to the Clinic in humane traps and will be ear tipped (the universal sign that an outdoor cat has been spayed or neutered.) For more information or to schedule an appointment, interested persons should visit www.getemfixed.com <http://www.getemfixed.com>   or call 601-544-5678.
 
PetSmart Charities' "Community Catch" <http://www.petsmartcharities.org/what-we-do/spayneuter/programs/2014-spay-neuter-blitz-campaign>  campaign will provide $216,285 to spay/neuter clinics across the United States to fund affordable, high-quality spay and neuter surgeries for 4,675 free-roaming cats during the month of April.  

 

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