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ARF Performs 38 Surgeries: Spay Day A Success

Originally Posted: February 26, 2010

ARF vet Dr. Sarah Alward in surgery. (ARF)

Wainscott - The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Inc. (ARF) wrapped up its participation in the 16th annual National Spay Day, partnering with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

After a week long clinic offering free spay/neuter surgeries for pets of needy families in the area, ARF has made a difference for 38 pets. ARF had originally set a goal to offer 20 free surgeries, but the response was much greater than anticipated. During these challenging economic times when families have to spend their money carefully, neutering a family pet may not be the main concern. ARF offered these services free of charge to those who would otherwise not be able to afford such a procedure. Too many unwanted kittens and puppies are still born each year and neutering the family pet is part of the solution.

Over the course of the week, (February 22 through February 26), ARF veterinarian, Dr. Sarah Alward successfully performed 38 surgeries on 12 cats and 26 dogs. Dr. Alward is very passionate about this issue stating "Millions of animals in this country are needlessly euthanized each year due to pet over population. Spay/neuter is the answer; it is the responsible thing to do. It's one of the most important things you can do for your family pet. Your cat or dog will be healthier and better behaved because of it."

When Michael and Leeann Quiros of Southampton came to pick up Miley, their six and a half month old Staffordshire Terrier after her surgery on Wednesday, Michael said "It's a miracle opportunity to get our dog spayed, and so quickly." All recipients of the free clinic were extremely grateful for this opportunity.

Since Spay Day's inception in 1995, participants have altered an estimated 1.4 million animals. It has been a proud achievement of Spay Day participants like ARF and other spay/neuter programs that the number of homeless animals euthanized in the U.S. has fallen from approximately 13.5 million in 1973 to about four million currently.

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons was founded in 1974 and is the leading animal welfare organization on the East End of Long Island. Each year over 800 cats and dogs are taken it, and during their stay they are provided with nutritious food, exercise, a warm place to sleep and excellent veterinary care in the state-of-the art Adoption Center. ARF is dedicated to finding loving homes for our precious cats and dogs not only to improve their lives but also the lives of the people who adopt them.

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Inc. is located in Wainscott. For more information go to www.arfhamptons.org, or call 631-537-0400.

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