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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Spay and neuter!

Spay Day USA, an annual Humane Society of the United States campaign, came and went Tuesday, but the message still rings loud and clear: Spay and neuter your pets.

According to Timy Sullivan, president of PetFix Northeast Ohio, for every person born in the United States, 45 cats and 15 dogs are born.

According to the HSUS, 6 million to 8 million dogs and cats end up in shelters each year, many of them the offspring of family pets that got out just once or were carelessly allowed to breed over and over again.

Sullivan said puppies and kittens can be safely altered at 8 weeks of age. Many area humane societies offer low-cost, high-quality surgeries using licensed veterinarians for those who cannot afford full fees.

For more information on low-cost spay and neuter procedures, call Sullivan at 440-247-8931.

-- Robin Palmer


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