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'Happy Neuter Year' reduces pet population

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The Santa Fe Animal Shelter wants you to ring in the New Year by making a resolution to neuter your male dog or cat during their “Happy Neuter Year” campaign
Sponsored by PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, the “Happy Neuter Year,” campaign will provide $20 neuter surgeries for male dogs and cats during the month of January.
    Spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population and is safe for puppies and kittens as young as eight to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
    “Neutering male pets is a simple surgery that reduces unwanted behaviors, like roaming, fighting, and urine marking territories,” says Mary Martin, the shelter’s executive director. “It also guarantees your dog or cat never fathers a litter of puppies or kittens.”
    This special $20 rate is available to all residents of the city and county of Santa Fe. Those who want to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Happy Neuter Year” campaign when they schedule their appointment. This campaign is based on availability.
    The Santa Fe Animal Shelter’s south-side clinic, 2570 Camino Entrada, will provide 100 “Happy Neuter Year” sterilizations for $20 in January. Visit sfhumanesociety.org, or call 472-6422 for more information, or to schedule an appointment.
    PetSmart Charities’ “Happy Neuter Year” campaign provides more than $561,000 to spay/neuter clinics to fund affordable, high-quality spay and neuter surgeries for 13,631 male dogs and cats across the nation during the month of January.