Saving lives with Spay and Neuter
Animal advocates, veterinarians, and shelters across the nation celebrated World Spay Day, Tuesday.
It was the 24th annual campaign which was created by the Humane society international and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.
The message is crucial and important for efforts concentrated on saving companion animals who overcrowd streets and shelters; abandoned to suffer and often times die or are euthanized.
The severe overpopulation of dogs and cats is seen year round in the U.S. with millions entering shelters despite adoption efforts, pet parent education and stricter laws.
Locally over 25,000 animals enter the El Paso City shelters and surrounding animal rescues.
In order to help save lives, pet owners are encouraged to fix their pets or report illegal breeders and neglectful or abusive pet owners. Locally reports can be made to city
According to animal experts spay and neuter helps save lives because it prevents animals from adding to overpopulation which is hard to curve because of the number of kittens and puppies that can be birthed yearly.
Cats and dogs can have 6-9 kittens or puppies per litter and up to 3 litters per year.
During a female cats or dogs productive which is normally up to 7 years of age, they can birth over 100 animals each.
These litters contribute to the major issue that is discussed year round but highlighted on Worl Spay Day.
If you're pet or pets are already fixed you can help by spreading the message that spaying and neutering saves lives and reporting illegal breeders or neglectful and abusive pet owners to El Paso Animal Services or calling 311 to make a report.
Locally there are resources available to help pet parents with low-cost spay and neuter services if you're interested and would like aid in getting your pet or pets altered.
El Paso Animal Services has a low-cost clinic with spay and neuter services provided on an appointment basis only. To schedule an appointment, or for any questions, please call (915) 212-0299.
The costs for services vary based on breed, size, and age of your pet. The shelter is located at 9060 Socorro Road.
Another low-cost option is the Spay and Neuter Clinics of Texas a private clinic run by Dr. William Synder.
The clinic offers low-cost services which include for spay and neuter surgery, vaccinations, dental cleanings, heartworm and feline leukemia testing.
For information call 915-307-3893 or visit the vet office located off 1160 Airway Blvd. Suite C-1,
Lastly, residents in the county can take advantage of the El Paso County Sherriff's office free spay and neuter program.
Those who live in Horizon City, Vinton, Socorro, Anthony, Clint, San Elizario and residents of other unincorporated areas within El Paso County qualify.
If you live in the city you do not qualify. For more information and to sign up your pet or pets for the program call 915-856-4875.