Humane Society to host PETA spay/neuter clinic

The Danville Area Humane Society recently announced that the PETA mobile spay/neuter clinic will come to this area for the fourth time. From October 8-10, 200 spay/neuter surgeries will be performed.

Through the courtesy of the E. Stuart James Grant Charitable Trust, the cost of the surgeries will be provided at very low cost. Residents of Danville and Pittsylvania County will pay $20 for dog surgeries and $10 for cat surgeries. Animals having the surgery can also receive rabies vaccinations for $10. No other routine shots or tests will be available.

Because of the volume of surgeries, PETA has set the following guidelines for the safety of the animals:

1. Dogs and cats must be at least three months old and no older than six years.

2. There is a three pound weight minimum and 80 pound weight maximum.

3. The animal must not have seizures or a heart murmur.

4. If the animal has been on antibiotics, they must be off of them for at least two weeks.

5. No English or French bulldogs can be sterilized on the mobile clinic and other brachiocephalic dogs may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

The following humane society guidelines also apply:

1. The animal must belong to a resident of Danville/Pittsylvania County and must reside with the owner in Danville/Pittsylvania County

2. The clinic may not be used for any animal adopted from another shelter or rescue group or for an animal that is going to be released to another shelter or rescue group.

3. If the cat is an outside cat, there must be an owner who is prepared to provide food, water, veterinary treatment, and shelter for the cat for its lifetime. The cat may not be released on to any public property, but must live on the property of the person trapping and releasing the cat.

4. Households are limited to five appointments at first. People who own more than five are welcome to put others on a stand-by list.

Paulette Dean, executive director, said, “Spaying and neutering is the only way to help curb pet overpopulation. Larger shelters, transfer programs, and adoption programs cannot solve the problem. We are grateful that since 1993, we have been able to help spay/neuter 35,000 animals through the generosity of the E. Stuart James Grant Charitable Trust.”

To make an appointment call 799-0843.

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