February 25

Mayor Murray Makes a Proclamation for Feb 24 to be World Spay Day in Seattle!

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Seattle Animal Shelter offers free spay/neuter services this week to commemorate World Spay Day

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The Seattle Animal Shelter is offering free spay/neuter packages to area pets this week. Microchips and vaccinations are also offered free for animals having surgery through this promotion. Space is limited so schedule an appointmen by calling 206-386-4260.

“Spaying and neutering allows your pet to have a longer, healthier, happier life,” says Dr. Mary Ellen Zoulas, director of the shelter’s Spay and Neuter Clinic.

“It can reduce the risk of serious health problems, eliminate undesirable behaviors such as fighting and spraying, and reduce inter-dog aggression.”

This is being offered in recognition of “World Spay Day,” which is Feb 24th. It’s an international effort to promote the spaying and neutering of pets as the most effective and humane way to decrease the euthanasia of homeless animals in shelters throughout the world.

Who can you thank for this awesome service? It is made possible because of a grant from the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation, as well as the City’s “Pet Populations Control Fund,”

Read all about how Mayor Ed Murray issued a proclamation in recognition of World Spay Day!

Spay and neuter surgeries usually cost $120-$155 for dogs, $85-$90 for cats and $75 for rabbits. Microchips are normally $30 and vaccinations run $10 each.

To take advantage of this offer, pets of Seattle residents must be currently licensed or a license can be purchased on the day of the appointment. For altered animals, a one-year license is $20 for cats/$27 for dogs, and a two-year license is $27 for cats/$37 for dogs.

The Seattle Humane Society reports other ways you can celebrate Spay Day in February and throughout the year:

·         Donate to the “Pet Population Control Fund” at the Seattle Animal Shelter.

·         Talk to your friends, neighbors and family about getting their pets spayed or neutered.

Year-round the Seattle Animal Shelter’s Spay and Neuter Clinic is able to help those in need with discounted or free spay/neuter surgeries.

To learn about other clinics providing discounted or free services in King, Snohomish, Island and Skagit counties, visit this website. You can also visit the Humane Society of the United States’ World Spay Day page.

For more information about Spay Day Seattle, to make a donation to the Pet Population Control Fund, or to learn more about other Seattle Animal Shelter services, call 206-386-7387 (PETS), or visit www.seattleanimalshelter.org.

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