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‘˜Precious, Not Parents’ offers $20 spay/neuter

They may be just babies, but kittens as young as 4 months and puppies as young as 5 months are old enough to get pregnant and have their first litter just two months later. ’These precious babies shouldn’t be parents at 5 and 6 months old,’ says Cindy Leopard, Clinic Manager, The HELP Spay Neuter Clinic. That’s why The HELP Spay Neuter Clinic, with funding provided by PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, is introducing the ‘Precious, Not Parents’ campaign. Through the ‘Precious, Not Parents,’ campaign, The HELP Spay Neuter Clinic will provide $20 spay and neuter surgeries for puppies and kittens under six months of age during the month of June. Some pet parents may worry that their pet is too young for this procedure, but spaying and neutering is safe and easy for kittens and puppies as young as eight to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. In fact, The HELP Spay Neuter Clinic has performed more than 10,000 pediatric spay/neuter surgeries since opening in September 2010. ’Many owners put off the procedure and wait until the puppy or kitten is six to eight months old,’ says Leopard. ‘But by then, a litter of puppies or kittens can be born.’ The special $20 rate is even less than the organization’s normal low-cost priced and is available to all residents of Clayton, Coweta, Heard, Fayette, Lamar, Pike, Spalding and Upson Counties. Pet parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the ‘Precious, Not Parents’ campaign when they call to schedule their appointment. The campaign is based on availability. For more information or to schedule an appointment, interested persons should visit www.HelpSpayNeuter.org or call 770-304-7911. HELP Spay Neuter Clinic’s Snip Ship will pick up pets with appointments on June 18 at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Freshway, 9217 Highway 19 N, Zebulon. Pets will be returned on the following day at 1 p.m. PetSmart Charities ‘Precious, Not Parents’ campaign provides more than $705,541 to spay/neuter clinics to fund affordable spay and neuter surgeries for more than 13,935 puppies and kittens across the nation during June.

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