PAWS Magazine

Issue 44, Winter 2000

Spay Day 2000

"One teenager you can control" is the theme of this year’s Spay Day campaign. A record number of Snohomish and Island County Veterinarians are teaming up with PAWS to offer low-cost spay and neuter services on Spay Day 2000. The campaign is a collaborative effort with the veterinary and animal welfare communities to directly impact companion animal overpopulation in our area.

This year’s campaign marks the second time PAWS and the Whidbey Animal’s Improvement Foundation (WAIF) have teamed up to bring this national campaign to the Northwest. The addition of the Petshelter Network as a corporate sponsor means even broader coverage, as they will be using their award-winning web site www.petshelter.org to highlight the 40 veterinary clinics participating in both counties.

"This is truly a collaborative effort with the veterinary community and the animal welfare community," explains Kay Joubert, PAWS Companion Animal Advocate. "The veterinary clinics contribute the key resource by offering surgeries far below cost, and we handle the public outreach. Our efforts are designed to educate the public about companion animal overpopulation, while encouraging people to actually get their animals altered."

Participating veterinary clinics provide the same high-quality service that clients are used to, but at a price far below the true cost of the procedure. "We appreciate the generous donation of the veterinary community that Spay Day represents," says Joubert. As a way of thanking the veterinarians for their significant contribution to the campaign, PAWS and WAIF encourage all animal lovers to patronize these private clinics for all their regular veterinary needs.

Spay Day USA is a national campaign created by the Doris Day Animal Foundation, and PAWS has been a regional sponsor for the last five years. Since overpopulation knows no boundaries, PAWS teamed up with the Whidbey Animal’s Improvement Foundation (WAIF) last year to extend the campaign into Island County. "We are really thrilled that more veterinarians are participating this year," says Krista Lewis of WAIF, "with five clinics, Island dwellers will have a better chance of getting their companion altered before it has a litter of kittens or puppies."

Last year, the joint effort resulted in 421 surgeries through 36 participating veterinary clinics. "This year a record 40 clinics are participating, and we hope to reach our goal of 500 surgeries" states Joubert. The participating clinics commit to performing a minimum of six surgeries at special, one-day only prices - $30 for male or female cats and male dogs, and $40 for female dogs.

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