"These precious babies shouldn't be parents at five and six months old," noted Pamela Green, Executive Director of the Kent Animal Shelter
. Green is talking about kittens and puppies, which, at four and five months respectively, are old enough to get pregnant and have their first litter.
The special rate is available to all residents of Long Island. (Photo: Barbara Ellen Koch)
With funding provided by PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, the Calverton-based Animal Shelter is introducing the "Precious, Not Parents" campaign. The campaign will provide $20 spay and neuter surgeries for puppies and kittens under the age of six months, during the month of June.
While some pet parents worry that their pet is too young to undergo such a procedure, the American Veterinary Medical Association states that spaying and neutering is safe enough for kittens and puppies as young as eight to ten weeks old.
"Many owners put off the procedure and wait until the puppy or kitten is six to eight months old," said Green. "But by then, a litter of puppies or kittens can be born."
This special $20 rate is available to all residents of Long Island. 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 will provide 225 sterilizations at this rate during the month of June and is based on availability.
Kent Animal Shelter is a 501C3 organization, established in 1968 in Calverton, that provides a no-kill haven for homeless animals, adoption services, a spay/neuter clinic, and humane education.
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.
Kent Animal Shelter is located at 2259 River Road in Calverton. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 631-727-5731 or visit www.kentanimalshelter.com.