City encouraging pet owners to spay and neuter their pets on World Spay Day

As part of World Spay Day, Minneapolis Animal Care & Control is partnering with Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program to host a Spay-a-thon Tuesday, Feb. 26 to promote spay / neuter as a humane and effective means of reducing the number of animals who are put down in shelters each year.

The Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program's and Minneapolis Animal Care & Control's veterinarians will be performing 100 surgeries at Minneapolis Animal Care & Control on Tuesday, February 26.  Registration is available by contracting MNSNAP at 612-720-8236, office@mnsnap.org or online at www.mnsnap.org

The City continues to work with the Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program to offer free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for Minneapolis pets. Free surgeries are available to pet owners in several Northside neighborhoods, and low-cost surgeries are available to low-income Minneapolis residents from other areas of the city.

Between six and eight million cats and dogs enter our nation's shelter system each year. Animal shelters cannot save and support this huge number of accidental litters, stray and offspring of family pets.  As a result, nearly four million animals are humanely euthanized annually. It is estimated that 90,000 dogs and cats are humanely euthanized each year in Minnesota due to overpopulation. Spaying and neutering is the only 100 percent proven way to reduce these numbers and save animals' lives. 

Published Feb. 15, 2013