“Kitten season” is just around the corner and that means animal shelters throughout the country are going to hit maximum capacity as litters of kittens enter shelters by the dozen each day.
To help reduce the number of homeless cats born this spring, the Arizona Humane Society is offering a special “Beat the Heat” promotion sponsored by PetSmart Charities®. During the entire month of February, AHS will spay female cats for a special rate of just $20!
Spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population. While some worry that their pet may be too young for this procedure, spaying and neutering is safe for kittens as young as eight to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Spaying a female cat before the first heat cycle is actually beneficial, rather than waiting until after one heat cycle has occurred. The procedure is known to improve the health of the pet, including a reduced risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.
“Female cats can have as many as three litters a year, and kittens can breed as young as four months old,” says Bretta Nelson, AHS Spokesperson. “Most people don’t want to see their cat get pregnant over and over again, so hopefully our “Beat the Heat” campaign will serve as a gentle reminder to cat owners to sterilize their cats before they go into heat and become pregnant this year.”
This special rate is even less than the organization’s normal low-cost price and is available to all residents of Arizona. Cat parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Beat the Heat” promotion when they schedule their appointment.
Thanks to the PetSmart Charities grant, AHS will provide 100 cat sterilizations for $20 during February. Please call 602.997.7586 x 2164 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
About the Arizona Humane Society
Founded in 1957, the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) is the state’s largest, nonprofit animal-welfare and protection agency. Our mission is to safeguard, rescue, shelter, heal, adopt and advocate for companion animals in need. The organization is a local, private, nonprofit organization funded solely by donor support. AHS receives no government funding and is not affiliated with any local, state or national humane organization.
About PetSmart Charities
Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities has provided more than $165 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of more than 5 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).