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February 10, 2012 > 'Beat the Heat' with spay/neuter discount

'Beat the Heat' with spay/neuter discount

Submitted By Jennifer Simonsen

For animal lovers, spring and summer in Silicon Valley are known as "kitten season." It's the time of year when shelters like Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) are flooded with litters of unwanted, homeless kittens. HSSV saw an influx of more than 1,300 kittens in 2010 -- over 1,400 in 2011. People bring them in by the dozens, in shoe boxes, crates and laundry baskets. There are always too many kittens coming in and not enough adopters ready to provide safe, happy homes.

HSSV and participating South Bay veterinarians are offering special discounts up to 40 percent on spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats during the month of February. HSSV, along with 33 private practice veterinarians across Santa Clara County and the City of Fremont, are offering the discounts to encourage the public to take advantage of these discounts to help pet owners prevent unwanted litters and to reduce pet overpopulation. Spaying and neutering can also help pets live longer, healthier lives and can greatly reduce the incidence of certain cancers. Additionally, it makes cats and dogs less likely to roam the neighborhood, spray, run away or get into fights.

Last year, HSSV reported a 41 percent increase in pet spay/neuter surgeries during the month of February 2011 over the same time period in 2010. This is good news because in just seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce more than 300,000 kittens! "We are making great strides in educating the public about our message: don't delay, spay/neuter today. This is particularly critical for owners of female cats," said Dr. Julia Lewis, HSSV's chief veterinary officer. "Spayed female cats are more likely to live healthy lives and less likely to be surrendered by their owners. Our discounted prices will encourage people to act now."

Throughout February, HSSV is offering up to 40 percent discount on surgeries. Female cat spays are $65 while male cat neuters are just $40. Spay/neuter surgeries for dogs are priced by the animal's weight and sex and range from $50 for a male dog under 26 pounds to $125 for a female dog weighing between 76 and 99 pounds. Prices include a brief pre-op exam, pre-anesthetic, anesthetic, nail trim, spay/neuter surgery, hospitalization on the day of surgery, as well as pain medication. There are additional charges for animals in-heat, pregnant, cryptorchid (missing testicles) or overweight. All animals must be current on their vaccinations. More information can be found at http://www.hssv.org/snmonth. Call (408) 262-2133, ext. 108 for appointments.

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