BEGINNING on Thursday, January 18, low-income families in Sacramento, Yolo and Placer Counties can sign up their dogs and cats for the eighth annual Spay Day, Sacramento. Hosted by the Sacramento Area Animal Coalition (SAAC), Spay Day Sacramento is the largest one-day spay-neuter event in the nation.
Spay Day basics:
Eligibility: Households earning less than $35,000 per year are eligible to have up to two pets (cats and dogs only) spayed or neutered at participating veterinary clinics and at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
How: To sign up for an appointment, eligible families should call (916) 808-SPAY (7729) from January 18.
Cost: For just $15 per cat and $20 per dog, each animal will receive approximately $250 worth of services including spay-neuter, permanent microchip identification, vaccinations and flea preventative. A cash co-payment of $15 per cat and-or $20 per dog will be required on Spay Day. Maximum of two animals per household.
When: Spay Day is Sunday, February 25, 2007. Surgeries will take place at participating veterinary clinics in the Sacramento area. Appointments are required and fill up fast; eligible pet owners should call right away to schedule an appointment.
Benefits: Spaying or neutering dogs and cats leads to better health and improved behavior. It also helps prevent pet over-population. More than 20,000 dogs and cats are killed each year at shelters in this three-county area because there are not enough homes for them.
Organizers and sponsors: Spay Day is organized by the Sacramento Area Animal Coalition, a local non-profit organization committed to eliminating pet over-population in the Sacramento area through aggressive spay-neuter efforts.
Other 2007 partners include, primary sponsor Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights, University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, PETCO Foundation and Petfinder, MWI Veterinary Supply, Merial, Bayer HealthCare, Kelli's Gourmet Cookies, TEAM (Teaching Everyone Animals Matter), Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation, City of Sacramento Animal Care Services, United Animal Nations, Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association, Placer SPCA, Sacramento SPCA, Yolo SPCA and A New Hope Animal Foundation. For more information visit www.sacanimal.org
Please note: Please do not phone the veterinary school, as it does does not make the appointments for this event. Please use the telephone number given above to schedule your pet for surgery.