'Precious, Not Parents' campaign offers $20 spay/neuter surgeries for baby puppies and kittens

'Precious, Not Parents' campaign offers $20 spay/neuter surgeries for baby puppies and kittens

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a press release from the Southern Pines Spay & Neuter Clinic.

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 Dr. Alicia Hatch, Veterinarian at Southern Pines Animal Shelter.

That's why Southern Pines, 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, Southern Pines 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, Southern Pines Spay & Neuter Clinic has performed more than 8,743 pediatric spay/neuter surgeries since 2009.

"Many owners put off the procedure and wait until the puppy or kitten is six to eight eight months old," says Dr. Hatch. "But by then, a litter of puppies or kittens can be born."

This special $20 rate is even less than the organization's normal low-cost price and is available to all residents of the Pine Belt. 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. Southern Pines Spay & Neuter Clinic will provide 200 "Precious, Not Parents," sterilizations for $20 in June. Please visit www.GetEmFixed.com or call 601-544-5678 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

PetSmart Charities' "Precious, Not Parents" campaign provides more than $705,541 to spay/neuter clinics to fund affordable, high-quality spay and neuter surgeries for more than 13,935 puppies and kittens across the nation during the month of June.

About Southern Pines Spay & Neuter Clinic:

Southern Pines Spay & Neuter Clinic offers high quality, low-cost spay/neuter surgery for area pets. The Clinic, which opened in 2009, has altered over 33,000 area pets in its fight against the Pine Belt's pet overpopulation problem. The Spay & Neuter Clinic is located at 1304 Hardy St. and is open Monday through Friday. Call 601-544-5678 or visit GetEmFixed.com for more information about affordable spay/neuter services.

About Southern Pines Animal Shelter:

Southern Pines Animal Shelter was founded in 1952 and has a mission to provide humane shelter for homeless and lost cats and dogs, provide affordable spay/neuter and healthy pet services, encourage adoptions, and educate the community about responsible pet ownership. The shelter works with area breed-specific rescues, animal transport groups, and local citizens to find homes for thousands of animals every year. The shelter is open-admission and serves as the animal care facility for the city of Hattiesburg's Animal Control. For more information about Southern Pines Animal Shelter call 601-544-6632 or visit www.SouthernPinesAnimalShelter.org To become a friend of Southern Pines Animal Shelter on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/southernpinesanimalshelter

About PetSmart Charities:

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.