On February 23, San Diego Humane Society will give away a total of 80 free spay and neuter appointments to qualifying pet owners, in celebration of World Spay Day.
Income-qualifying individuals with Pit Bulls, Chihuahuas and cats can arrive at San Diego Humane Society’s Escondido, Oceanside or San Diego Campus at 11am to sign their pets up for a free spay or neuter appointment. The 80 appointments will be scheduled for future dates and will be given out on a first come, first served basis.
Below are the appointment allocations for each campus:
3450 E. Valley Parkway
20 free appointments
572 Airport Road
20 free appointments
San Diego Campus
5500 Gaines Street
40 free appointments
This promotion encourages the community to strengthen the work of the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition to prevent unplanned litters from entering local shelters, by targeting the animal groups that account for the largest portion of San Diego County’s stray population.
Beyond San Diego Humane Society’s World Spay Day promotion, San Diego Humane Society is also on track to alter 6,000 other community-owned animals this year through its needs-based, community spay and neuter program. That totals nearly 19,000 spay and neuter surgeries since the inception of this public program in 2012.
“Targeted spay and neuter efforts are the best way to proactively address the challenge of animal homelessness in San Diego County,” said Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of San Diego Humane Society. “We want to empower pet owners to make the responsible care choices that will benefit the health of their pets and the community. While we are proud to participate in World Spay Day, our needs-based services are available to the public all year long.”
In addition to reducing animal homelessness, there are also health and behavior benefits to altering pets:
The reproductive drive of unaltered animals may cause them to leave home in search of a mate. This puts them at high risk of getting lost, injured or killed on streets and roadways.
Hormonal changes associated with reproductive drive can affect an animal’s temperament. For example, there are noted behavioral changes in female dogs when they look after their pups and male dogs may act more aggressively when unaltered.
Pyometra is a common, potentially fatal bacterial infection of the uterus. Approximately 25% of all unaltered females will suffer from pyometra before the age of 10.
Cancer and complications in reproductive organs
Spaying or neutering your pet involves the removal of key reproductive organs. In doing so, you can help protect your pet against illnesses like testicular cancer, mammary cancer, enlarged prostate gland and uterine cancer.
About San Diego Humane Society
Serving San Diego County since 1880, San Diego Humane Society’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. San Diego Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services to ‘Inspire Compassion’ in our community, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care, educate the community on the humane treatment of animals and provide safety net services for all pet families needing assistance with keeping their pets.
As one of San Diego’s oldest nonprofit organizations, San Diego Humane Society has campuses located in Escondido, Oceanside, and San Diego as well as adoption centers inside Petco stores throughout San Diego County. San Diego Humane Society is supported solely through contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from the Muttique retail store and small fees for services. For more information or to view our current animals available for adoption; please visit www.sdhumane.org.