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        Warmer weather may still be months away, but Humane Ohio wants cat owners to “Beat the Heat” by spaying their female cats to prevent unwanted litters from being born this spring.

Animal shelters commonly refer to spring time as “kitten season” because that is when they receive the largest numbers of unwanted litters that are difficult to adopt.

        To help reduce the number of homeless cats born this spring, Humane Ohio is offering a special “Beat the Heat” promotion, funded by a grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America. During February and March, the nonprofit organization will spay owned female cats for a special rate of only $20. Cat owners who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Beat the Heat” promotion when they schedule their appointment and availability is limited.

        Spay/neuter is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population. Female cats can have three litters a year, and kittens can breed as young as four months old. 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.  

        Humane Ohio’s goal is to eliminate pet homelessness.

Julie Lyle, Humane Ohio’s Clinic Director, says, “We are so pleased to be able to offer this special price to cat owners this year. The “Beat the Heat” promotion has helped hundreds of cat owners get their cats spayed at a very affordable price in years past, and will help hundreds more this year!“

        Kelly Balthazor, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities, said the group is “thrilled” to support Humane Ohio in its efforts to provide accessible spay services to cat owners throughout Lucas County.

“Because of the work of Humane Ohio, thousands of unplanned kitten litters will be prevented before the height of kitten season, reducing the local homeless cat population,” she said.

        The grant will allow Humane Ohio to spay 800 owned female cats at the special $20 rate during February and March. Please visit www.humaneohio.org or follow Humane Ohio on Facebook at www.facebook.com/humaneohio for more information or call 419-266-5607 to schedule an appointment.

Humane Ohio

        Humane Ohio operates a non-profit, low-cost spay/neuter clinic and pet food bank that fixed 17,895 animals in 2018. Their spay/neuter clinic serves Ohio and Michigan and can offer low-cost spay/neuter prices because donations and grants help keep the cost low while maintaining high-quality veterinary care. All spay/neuter surgeries are performed by licensed veterinarians (DVMs) and every patient receives quality pain medication and anesthesia. Humane Ohio also has a small adoption program, and placed over 350 cats and kittens into loving homes in 2018.

PetSmart Charities

        PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 500,000 shelter pets each year.  PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission under key areas of support. Each year, millions of PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores.  In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting almost $340 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 15 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.

       

 

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