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Free Spay/Neuter Services Offered to Watsonville Pet Owners

Friends of Watsonville Pet Shelter are offering the free services, with registration on Feb. 24, in honor of World Spay Day 2013.

Calling all pet owners: In honor of World Spay Day 2013, Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (SCCAS) and Friends of Watsonville Animal Shelter (FOWAS) will offer free spay or neuter surgeries for resident dogs, cats and rabbits.

The SCCAS has two locations, one at 2200 7th Avenue in Live Oak and one at 580 Airport Boulevard in Watsonville.

Registration will be available on Sunday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Animal owners don’t have to bring their pets to register, but must bring proof of residence in Santa Cruz County. There’s a limit of two pets per resident.

The goals of the program, according to the SCCAS, are to help reduce the County’s homeless animal population, as well as help pet owners comply with current laws, which state that dogs and cats over six months old must be spayed and neutered.

All surgeries are performed at our Santa Cruz shelter location by a licensed veterinarian with a professional focus on spay and neuter procedures.

Surgeries include a preoperative exam by a veterinarian, pain medication and dissolvable sutures.

To receive the free spay or neuter surgery, SCCAS provides and requires a rabies vaccination (if not current), a microchip, a dog license (if not current), and a blood panel test if the animal is over seven years of age. These fees are a minimum of $35.

In addition to reducing the number of unwanted animals, spaying or neutering a pet can reduce offensive behaviors like urine spraying, as well as eliminate or reduce the risks of ovarian, uterine, mammary, testicular and prostate cancers, according to the SCCAS.

Ben February 08, 2013 at 01:46 AM
It is too bad that the author cannot get their organizations straight, apparently cut and paste is beyond their scope. They repeatedly reference the SPCA but the address that is shown is for the Animal Shelter. Hopefully the people are not misguided by this error and miss out on a great opportunity. Has anyone checked the going rate for a dog spay lately? Listen everyone, THE DEAL IS GOING ON AT THE ANIMAL SHELTER. Please spay and neuter those critters, you owe it to them.
Ben February 08, 2013 at 02:06 AM
The times shown for this deal are also incorrect. The time to register is from 10:00am - 3:00pm at either of the Animal Shelter locations. 2200 7th Ave Santa Cruz or 580 Airport Watsonville
Uncle biff February 08, 2013 at 02:43 AM
Also if you want to spay or nuter your gang member a clinic will e held at the Taco Truck at the City Plaza Friday night. UnCle BiFf.
White in Watson February 08, 2013 at 03:50 AM
Thanks Ben. Anyone have ideas of where I can bring my uncle biff to get fixed...definitely don't need that getting back into to the gene pool!
Helena Lebedeff Bradford February 08, 2013 at 04:05 AM
john jay--I think March is Gene Pool Awareness month. Keep your eye on the news.
Robert Trueheart February 08, 2013 at 04:55 AM
Uncle Biff might be on to something here...,what does a gang member cost society over a life time in crime, drug and court costs. Add the welfare and prison prices and we are talking millions per gang banger. Each female gang babe has on average 7 to 10 children in a life time and most of those kids will be on welfare and enter the criminal justice system as well. All of this adds up quickly when you consider the average banger starts having kids at 16 years of age. If we could sterilize them at a young age this cycle might be broken.
Robert Trueheart February 08, 2013 at 04:57 AM
Perhaps it is time to start sterializing the little bangers at a young age.
Lucas February 08, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Keep close eye on the short, little, dogcatcher that prowls around the Aptos Polo Grounds. He inspects dogs a little too closely to see if they have been spayed or neutered.
Lucas February 08, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Keep close eye on the short, little, dogcatcher that prowls around the Aptos Polo Grounds. He inspects dogs a little too closely to see if they have been spayed or neutered.

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