Attention Cat Owners: “Beat the Heat” Before Spring
with the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Spay/Neuter Promotion for Female Cats
(Philadelphia, PA – Jan. 24, 2012) – It may be winter, but now is the time to “beat the heat” by spaying your cat in advance of her heat cycle and preventing unwanted litters before “kitten season” arrives this spring – a time when shelters traditionally see large numbers of unwanted litters being born. To help reduce the number of homeless cats, The Pennsylvania SPCA is offering a “Beat the Heat” promotion sponsored by PetSmart Charities®. During the month of February, the Pennsylvania SPCA will spay/neuter female cats for a special rate of $20.
Spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population. While some worry that their pet may be too young for this procedure, spaying and neutering is safe for kittens as young as eight to 10 weeks old. And, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, spaying a female cat before the first heat cycle is actually beneficial, rather than waiting until after one heat cycle has occurred.
“Many people don’t know that female cats can have as many as three litters a year, and kittens can breed as young as four months old,” according to Angela Messer, director of Veterinary Services. “It’s our goal to bring female cats in before they go into heat and become pregnant. Our ‘Beat the Heat’ promotion is a fun way to educate the community and prevent unwanted litters.”
This special rate is a discount off of the organization’s normal low-cost price. Space is limited and must be scheduled in advance. Those who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Beat the Heat” promotion when they schedule their appointment. To schedule an appointment, call 215-426-6304.
About The Pennsylvania SPCA
Since 1867, the Pennsylvania SPCA, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization headquartered at 350 East Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, has been dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and rescuing animals from abuse and neglect. The Pennsylvania SPCA’s lifesaving programs for animals include a low-cost veterinary clinic, low-cost spay and neuter services, pet adoption facilities, and the Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Department. Philadelphia’s Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT), powered by the Pennsylvania SPCA and located at 111 W. Hunting Park Ave., is contracted by the City of Philadelphia to perform animal control services and find homes for Philadelphia’s thousands of stray and unwanted animals. For more information about adopting, donating or volunteering, please call 215.426.6300 or visit www.pspca.org.
About PetSmart Charities
Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities has provided $134 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of nearly 5 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).