They may be just babies, but according to Kent Animal Shelter
, kittens and puppies can go into heat as early as four and five months old, and have their first litter just two months later. To help control the stray animal population on the East End, the Calverton Shelter is introducing "Precious, Not Parents," a campaign that will offer $20 spay/neuter surgeries for puppies and kittens under six months old.
The program will be offered throughout the month of June, and is sponsored by PetSmart Charities, which is the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America. "These precious babies shouldn't be parents at five and six months old," said Pamela Green, Executive Director of Kent Animal Shelter.
While some may worry that their pet is too young for the procedure, 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.
"Many owners put off the procedure and wait until the puppy or kitten is six to eight months old," says Green. "But by then, a litter of puppies or kittens can be born."
The special $20 rate is available to all Long Island residents. Pet owners who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the "Precious, Not Parents" campaign when they call to schedule their appointment. This campaign is based on availability.
Kent Animal Shelter is located at 2259 River Road in Calverton. For more information, visit www.kentanimalshelter.com or call 631-727-5731.