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Cat owners urged to “Beat the Heat” before spring

Statement as issued Tuesday by H.O.P.E. for Animals:

FORT WAYNE, INDIANA – It may seem that warmer weather is still out of reach, but now is the time to “beat the heat” by spaying your cat in advance of her heat cycle and preventing unwanted litters before “kitten season” arrives this spring – a time when shelters traditionally see large numbers of unwanted litters being born. To help reduce the number of homeless cats, H.O.P.E. for Animals is offering a “Beat the Heat” promotion sponsored by PetSmart Charities. During February 2013, H.O.P.E. for Animals will spay female cats for a special rate of $20.

Spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population. While some worry that their pet may be too young for this procedure, spaying and neutering is safe for kittens as young as 12 weeks old. And, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, spaying a female cat before the first heat cycle is actually beneficial, rather than waiting until after one heat cycle has occurred. The procedure is known to improve the health of the pet, including a reduced risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.

“Many people are unaware that female cats can have as many as three litters a year, and kittens can breed as young as five months old,” says Megan Close, Director of Clinic Operations. “It’s our goal to bring female cats in before they go into heat and become pregnant.”

This special rate is even less than the organization’s normal low-cost price and is available to anyone. This special rate is limited to seven cats per household and cannot be used by shelters or rescues, only private owners. Cat parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Beat the Heat” promotion when they schedule their appointment. The promotion has a limited number of spots available. Please visit www.hope-for-animals.org or call 260-420-7729 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

About H.O.P.E. for Animals

H.O.P.E. for Animals is a 501c3 (tax exempt) nonprofit animal welfare group dedicated to eliminating the euthanasia of healthy adoptable cats and dogs. We follow the Humane Alliance model of high quality, low cost spay and neuter to reduce and eventually eliminate homeless animals, slated for death. We pursue that mission through education, spay/neuter/wellness, and rescue.

or additional information please visit our website at www.hope-for-animals.org

About PetSmart Charities

Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities has provided $134 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of nearly 5 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).

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