February 28, 2012 is the 18th Annual World Spay Day

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Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program's fully equipped veterinary clinic on wheels delivers low-cost, high-quality spay and neuter surgeries for animals belonging to shelters, rescues and low-income pet owners in Minnesota. We reach pets in neighborhoods where cost, transportation, or the absence of veterinary services is an obstacle to obtaining animal health care and spay/neuter services.

Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program (MN SNAP) is organizing its 2nd annual spay-a-thon
Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program (MN SNAP) is organizing its 2nd annual spay-a-thon!

The Humane Society of the U. S. (HSUS) has proclaimed the fourth Tuesday in February World Spay/Neuter Day. To mark the occasion, Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program (MN SNAP) is organizing its 2nd annual spay-a-thon, working with Minneapolis Animal Care and Control (MACC), and coordinating with dozens of Twin Cities veterinarians who are volunteering to perform spay and neuter surgeries for the companion animals of the low-income community. Alongside our efforts, Chuck & Don’s Pet Foods will be donating 600 Pounds of pet food to MN SNAP clientele. Two veterinarians will be performing surgeries at MACC all day; one on the MN SNAP vehicle and one in the MACC facility.

MN SNAP is coordinating with dozens of local veterinary clinics, who are donating their time and expertise on and around Feb. 28 to spaying and neutering animals from the MN SNAP waiting list. These generous professionals will be performing more than 100 surgeries on MN SNAP’s behalf. One of the participating veterinarians, Dr. Veronica Bartsch of Akin Animal Hospital, noted, "It was so important for us to participate in this event! Not only are we able to help members of our community gain access to veterinary care, but we are proud to be able to help MN SNAP in their mission to solve the problem of pet overpopulation." Dr. Lara Rasmussen of Veterinary Surgical Specialists, another participating vet, said, “Every generation of dogs and cats that is born into homelessness suffers immeasurably. If I can prevent just one case of a homeless, frost-bitten little Yorkie or a broken legged kitten coming into the shelter, by spaying and neutering 30 animals on Tuesday, then I have spent my time and expertise well.”

The spay-a-thon serves many purposes:

  •     facilitates the spay/neuter of many animals
  •     brings needed attention to this critical issue
  •     helps MN SNAP, MACC and the veterinary community continue doing the important work that they do every day.

Did you know…

  •     It is estimated that 90,000 dogs and cats are killed every year in Minnesota due to over-population.
  •     More than 250,000 animals are euthanized every month in animal shelters across the U.S.
  •     MN SNAP is the first mobile veterinary surgical unit in the state providing high-quality, low-cost spay and neuter services to rescues, shelters, and low-income families/individuals’ pets.
  •     In the past 20 months, MN SNAP has provided more than 12,000 spay/neuter surgeries.
  •     We expect to exceed 200 Spay/Neuter surgeries for the 2012 Spay Day event.

Note to the editor:

If your organization is planning to a story related to National Spay/Neuter Day, our animal welfare professionals are available to answer questions and show how we are helping to address this great need.

About MN SNAP
Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program's fully equipped veterinary clinic on wheels delivers low-cost, high-quality spay and neuter surgeries for animals belonging to shelters, rescues and low-income pet owners in Minnesota. We reach pets in neighborhoods where cost, transportation, or the absence of veterinary services is an obstacle to obtaining animal health care and spay/neuter services.

Contacts
John Weidt | +1 (952) 492-3142 | jlw(at)baragalandandtimber(dot)com http://www.MNSNAP.com

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