MSPCA-Angell Plays Major Role in Reducing the Homeless Pet Population

February 1, 2012

Boston, Mass., Feb. 1, 2012 – As Spay Day USA—a national event aimed at encouraging pet owners to spay or neuter their animals to reduce unwanted litters—gets underway in cities around the country, the MSPCA-Angell is today highlighting the significant role it has played in reducing the homeless pet population in Massachusetts.  In the last two years alone the MSPCA has spayed or neutered nearly 22,000 animals, preventing the birth of millions of unwanted dogs, cats and other animals in the Commonwealth.

 

The MSPCA has always focused its operations, including three animal care and adoption centers, the Angell Animal Medical Center and—in cooperation with the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA)—its Spay/Neuter Assistance (SNAP) program, to sharply reduce the homeless pet population.  Today there are about 200 Massachusetts-based veterinary clinics who participate in the MSPCA SNAP program.   The MSPCA also offers reduced spay/neuter surgeries for low income Pit Bull owners throughout the year.

 

The organization’s efforts are essential, given that one unspayed female kitten can produce 420,000 cats in seven years.  The MSPCA’s programs and services have prevented hundreds of millions of unwanted animals from being born in the last two years alone.

 
 A mom and her babies await adoption at an MSPCA Animal Care and Adoption Center (Credit: MSPCA-Angell)

 

Fee-Waived/Discounted Spay and Neuter Surgeries in February

The MSPCA is eager to expand its leadership role in educating the public about the importance of spay/neuter surgery and, with support from generous donors, is offering significantly discounted spay/neuter surgery during the entire month of February for low-income residents in Massachusetts.  The organization’s clinics in Methuen at Nevins Farm, Centerville and Boston have set an ambitious goal of conducting hundreds spay and neuter surgeries during February.  

 

Said Mike Keiley, director of the MSPCA’s Noble Family Adoption Center at Nevins Farm and overseer of Spay Day efforts: “The MSPCA has always played a leading role not only in educating the public about how critical spay/neuter surgery is, but in offering low-cost options for obtaining these services year in and year out.  We are grateful for the support of donors and members of the community who make it possible for us to continue offering these essential services to residents of the Commonwealth—who may otherwise have no access to them.”

 

Summary of MSPCA Spay Day Activities  

All three of the MSPCA’s Animal Care and Adoption Centers are participating in Spay Day activities.  A summary of the organization’s efforts is as follows:

 

  • MSPCA-Nevins Farm (Methuen) and MSPCA (Boston) – The Nevins Farm and Boston animal care and adoption centers will conduct their first-ever $10 male cat neuter campaign during the entire month of February.  Low-income cat owners can have their male cats neutered and vaccinated—with no appointment necessary—for only $10.  Female cats will be spayed for $25.  Moreover, both centers will conduct fee-waived pit bull spay/neuter surgeries ($75 for all other dogs). 

 

  • MSPCA-Cape Cod (Centerville) – The MSPCA-Cape Cod will also perform $10 (male cat) and $25 (female cat) procedures during February for low income residents.

 

Readers can get more information by visiting www.mspca.org and navigating to the adoption center page that is closest to their homes.

 

About Spay Day USA

During Spay Day USA veterinarians and their staff, animal welfare professionals, business owners and citizens join forces nationwide to provide spay/neuter services and promote spay/neuter as an essential component of good pet healthcare, as well as an effective way of decreasing euthanasia of homeless shelter animals. 

 

 

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The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals. Please visit www.mspca.org.