The Payson Humane Society is holding a spay and neuter clinic and separate dog and cat adoption events in May in observance of National Animal Month.
The Arizona spay/neuter mobile unit will be stationed in the Bashas' parking lot beginning at 7 a.m. May 6 to 8. Animals will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, so arriving early is recommended.
"This is the solution to problems like what happened to the Great Dane," PHS President Pat Boettcher said. "The problem would never have happened if those animals had been spayed or neutered."
The Great Dane died in the noose of a Gila County animal control officer March 26 after it jumped into a yard where a dog was in heat.
Boettcher also blamed the outbreak of feline herpes last November that resulted in the shelter euthanizing its entire cat population on cats who were not spayed or neutered.
"We had to do what we had to do because the whole area is loaded with it -- because there is no control on cats." she said. "The male cats can do so much more damage and it's so important we get them neutered."
Boettcher pointed out the following advantages to spaying or neutering pets:
- It helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives, and it makes them more affectionate companions.
- It makes pets less likely to bite, roam the neighborhood, run away or get into fights.
- It can eliminate or reduce the incidence of several health problems that can be difficult or expensive to treat.
- Spaying eliminates the heat cycle and the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer while greatly reducing the incidence of breast cancer.
- Neutering makes male cats less likely to spray and mark territory, eliminates testicular cancer and decreases prostate disease.
The clinic fees are $25 for male cats, $35 for female cats, $45 for male dogs, and $55-65 for female dogs. All pets must be at least two months old, under five years old, and weight at least 2.5 pounds.
Dog adoption event
In observance of National Adoption Weekend May 3-4, PHS is holding separate adoption events for dogs and cats. Dog adoptions will be available at the off-leash dog park at Rumsey Park from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 3.
An extension of the regular Pups on Parade event held the first Saturday of each month, all the dogs that will be available for adoption have been spayed or neutered and are current on all their shots, including rabies. They can be adopted for a special fee of just $25 and taken home immediately.
The event is co-sponsored by the PHS auxiliary and Paws in the Park, the group of dog owners that oversee and monitor the park -- a 1.5 acre facility located just north of the new Payson Public Library.
Kitten adoption event
The kitten adoption event, which will be held in front of Safeway, will also run from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 3. All kittens will have two of their three shots but will not be spayed or neutered, according to Diane Fitzpatrick, PHS manager.
The $50 adoption fee includes a certificate for a free spay or neuter.
Pamphlets on spaying/neutering and on how to prepare for and protect your pet in the event of wildland fires and other disasters will be available at no cost at all the PHS events.
For more information, call the society at 474-5590.