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Denver-area animal organizations team up to spay/neuter pets, save lives

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World Spay Day is Tuesday, Feb. 25 and animal welfare organizations in Colorado will be marking the 20th anniversary of the observance with their own events.

The annual observance is a campaign of the Humane Society of the United States (www.hsus.org) and Humane Society International that stresses spay/neuter as a way to save the lives of companion animals, feral and stray cats and street dogs that might otherwise be put down in a shelter or killed on the street.

The DUMB FRIENDS LEAGUE is offering waived fees for all cat spay and neuter surgeries through its mobile clinics on Feb.24–25. The League will have two mobile clinics available at the Denver Animal Shelter, 1241 W. Bayaud Ave., (www.denvergov.org/animalshelter) and is one of four participating metro Denver animal welfare organizations offering reduced or waived fee spay and neuter clinics to the public in support of World Spay Day.

“Our goal in collaborating with other local organizations is to make spay and neuter clinics more accessible to more people,” said Tracy Koss, operations outreach manager at the Dumb Friends League. (www.ddfl.org) “As a community, we’re actively working together to combat pet overpopulation, ultimately reducing the number of homeless pets in shelters.”

The League's two mobile clinics provide spay and neuter services at reduced fees, subsidized by Dumb Friends League donors, to pets in underserved communities within the Denver metro area. Each surgery is performed by a veterinarian licensed in the state of Colorado. Last year, the two mobile clinics spayed and neutered more than 6,900 owned pets. More information: ddfl.org/spayneuter or call (720) 241-7098.

The COLORADO ANIMAL WELFARE LEAGUE will be part of a four-day event, partnering with the Dumb Friends League, Denver Animal Shelter and the Downtown Animal Care Center to provide free cat spay/neuter and discounted dog spay/neuter. It will be using its new mobile spay/neuter unit- the SNOW Mobile (Spay Neuter On Wheels).

On Monday and Tuesday, CAWL (coloradoanimalwelfare.org) and the League will be at the Denver Animal Shelter offering free spay/neuter for cats, with vaccinations included (limit three cats per household, cats must be two pounds to undergo surgery). No appointment is necessary, but CAWL is expecting a high volume for this event so get there early, as it is first-come, first-serve. Check in begins at 7:30 a.m. All cats must be in carriers (no boxes, please).

This event continues on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 26 and 27 at a second location, Downtown Animal Care Center, 1041 Galapago Street, Denver. CAWL will be providing free cat spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations on both days with no appointment necessary (limit three cats per household, cats must be two pounds to undergo surgery). This is a first-come, first-serve event as well, with check-in starting at 7:30 a.m. All cats must be in carriers (no boxes).

The DOWNTOWN ANIMAL CARE CENTER will be providing low-cost dog spay/neuter surgeries on Thursday, Feb. 27 by appointment only. Call the center at (303) 595-3561 or visit (downtownanimalcenter.com) for more information. Space is limited.

In northern Colorado, Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic is offering $20 spay and neuter surgeries Feb. 25 for up to 25 dogs and 30 cats.The clinic’s normal spay/neuter fees range from $39 to $134. The one-day event coincides with the clinic’s February-long “Beat the Heat” special in which female cats may be spayed for $20, but space is limited to the first 200 females. An appointment is required for both the World Spay Day and “Beat the Heat” campaigns. Pet owners may schedule by calling (970) 484-1861. For more information, visit the organization’s website (www.FCCRSNC.org) .

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