The Maryland SPCA will participate in World Spay Day, an international campaign to promote the life-saving benefits of spaying/neutering pets, by holding Fix ‘Em 2014 on Friday, February 28.
The MD SPCA’s Fix ‘Em 2014 event will perform 30 free spay/neuter surgeries on cats owned by low-income Baltimore City residents. Appointments are currently being accepted from qualifying Baltimore City residents who are interested in having their cats spayed/neutered on this date.
“Spaying and neutering pets is not only a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation, but altering pets increases their chances to live longer and healthier,” said Aileen Gabbey, executive director of the MD SPCA. “We encourage all pet owners to have their pets spayed/neutered.”
In addition to the spay/neuter surgery, each cat will also receive a rabies and distemper vaccination and nail trim, if necessary.
To qualify for Fix ‘Em 2014, a cat owner must be either an individual living in Baltimore City earning less than $25,000 annually or live in a household in Baltimore City earning less than $42,000 a year. Cats must weigh at least two pounds and be between eight weeks and five-years-old.
The MD SPCA finds homes for 3,000 pets each year, and every unaltered pet is spayed or neutered before leaving with his or her adopter. In January, the MD SPCA’s Spay/Neuter Clinic neutered their 50,000 pet since opening in 2007.
Advantages to spaying/neutering pets
There are medical and behavioral advantages to spaying/neutering pets. According to the American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA), spaying or neutering pets can dramatically reduce or eliminate the risk of developing certain types of cancers in both males and females. Additionally, altered dogs and cats are less likely to mark their territory; wander and become lost; get hit by cars while searching for mates, and are less likely to bite or become aggressive.
About World Spay Day
Since World Spay Day’s inception in 1995, it is conservatively estimated that participating organizations have spayed or neutered nearly two million animals. This year, Tuesday, February 25 is designated as World Spay Day with spay/neuter events taking place throughout the entire month.
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