To prevent unwanted litters in the spring, Shelter is offering reduced rate for spaying female cats
Seattle, WA – With last week’s ice and snow storms still fresh in people’s minds, it may seem a little odd to talk about “beating the heat.” But when it comes to preventing unwanted litters of kittens in the spring, now is the perfect time to “beat the heat” – the feline kind. During the month of February, the Seattle Animal Shelter is offering a “Beat the Heat” package for female cats, which includes spay surgery, rabies vaccination, FvRCP vaccination, and microchip (if desired), for a special rate of $20.
To schedule an appointment, call 206-386-4260.
By spaying their female cats before they go into heat, pet owners can prevent the birth of unwanted litters before kitten season arrives in the spring – a time when shelters traditionally are overwhelmed with unwanted litters of kittens. In hopes of reducing the number of homeless cats, this special promotion is sponsored by PetSmart Charities and the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation.
Spaying and neutering are the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, spaying a female cat before her first heat cycle is actually beneficial, rather than waiting until she’s gone through one heat cycle. Spaying and neutering is safe for kittens as young as eight weeks old. The procedure is known to improve the health of the pet, including 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. In fact, our clinic is already seeing some cats going into heat this year,” says Dr. MaryEllen Zoulas, the Shelter’s Spay/Neuter Clinic medical director. “Our goal is to bring in female cats 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. Plus, it’s an excellent value.”
About Seattle Animal Shelter’s Spay/Neuter Clinic
Established in 1982, the Seattle Animal Shelter’s Spay/Neuter Clinic is open to all pet owners regardless of income or place of residence. The clinic performs 3,000 low-cost, high-quality surgeries every year for dogs and cats. The clinic is located at 2061 15th Ave. W. Surgeries are performed Monday through Friday.
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 five million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn more about PetSmart Charities, visit petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).
The Seattle Animal Shelter is located at 2061 15th Ave. W., one mile south of the Ballard Bridge. The shelter is open for adoptions and licensing Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call (206)386-PETS (7387) or visit www.seattleanimalshelter.org
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