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The importance of pet sterilization is being highlighted with the commemoration of Spay Day on Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Be Part of the Solution ... Spay or Neuter your Pet
Under most circumstances, it is against the law in Albuquerque to own a dog or cat unless you have it spayed or neutered. There are programs that can provide the service at no charge for low-income and moderate-income residents of the city. There also are programs that can help you arrange for the free spay and neuter of the street cats in your neighborhood, to help control the cat population in a manner recommended by the ASPCA and numerous other experts.
Spaying and neutering provide health benefits in addition to preventing litters. Spaying helps prevent uterine infection and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Neutering can prevent testicular cancer if done before 6 months of age. Neutering also reduces nuisance behavior, such as roaming, foul odors in spraying by cats and the desire of dogs to mark their surroundings with urine.
That’s why Animal Welfare is offering a special “Beat the Heat” campaign sponsored by PetSmart Charities. Through the “Beat the Heat” campaign, Animal Welfare will provide $20 spay surgeries for female cats during the month of February.
This special $20 rate is available to all residents of Albuquerque. Cat parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Beat the Heat” campaign when they schedule their appointment.
Call 764-1170 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
The Animal Welfare Department offers free spay and neuter surgeries for the pets of low-income and moderate-income residents. For information, call 311.
For help in dealing with street cats, call the Best Friends Animal Society at (505) 440-3441 or New Mexico Animal Friends at (505) 881-7297, option 3. Both groups offer help with trapping and surgeries for unowned street cats.