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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Mayor Murray and City Council proclaim Feb. 25 World Spay Day, encourage spaying and neutering pets

2/25/2014  5:30:00 PM
Jason Kelly  (206) 615-0494

Mayor Murray and City Council proclaim Feb. 25 World Spay Day, encourage spaying/neutering pets
Seattle Animal Shelter Clinic offering free spay/neuter packages Feb. 24-28

SEATTLE - Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council today issued a proclamation in commemoration of World Spay Day, an international campaign of The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International. During the month of February, animal shelters and animal welfare agencies throughout the world join forces to promote the spaying and neutering of pets as the most effective and humane way to decrease the euthanasia of homeless animals in shelters throughout the world.

"Seattle is without a doubt a pet-friendly community, and one of the best things you can do for your pet is to have her spayed or him neutered," said Murray. "The health benefits to your pet are numerous, plus it helps mitigate overpopulation, which puts a burden on local shelters and can result in the unnecessary euthanasia of otherwise adoptable animals."

"Today we raise awareness that loving our pets means being responsible pet owners by spaying and neutering to keep animals off the streets and out of shelters," says Councilmember Jean Godden.  "This is such an important issue that I accepted voluntary furlough during the recession to contribute part of my salary to the Spay and Neuter Clinic."

"Due to a lack of critical resources and public awareness, humane societies and animal shelters across the nation have no choice but to humanely euthanize thousands of cats, dogs, rabbits and other animals each year, many of whom are healthy and adoptable," said Seattle Animal Shelter Director Don Jordan. "You can help by having your pet spayed or neutered, or by sponsoring the spaying or neutering of another person's pet, a feral cat or of an animal in a shelter awaiting adoption."

To commemorate Feb. 25, 2014, as "World Spay Day," the shelter's Spay and Neuter Clinic is offering FREE spay/neuter packages to area pets scheduled for surgery Feb. 24-28, 2014. Microchips and vaccinations will also be offered FREE for animals having surgery on those days. Space is limited; to schedule an appointment, call (206) 386-4260.

"Spaying and neutering allows your pet to have a longer, healthier, happier life," says Dr. Mary Ellen Zoulas, Director of the shelter's Spay and Neuter Clinic. "It can reduce the risk of serious health problems, eliminate undesirable behaviors such as fighting and spraying, and reduce inter-dog aggression."

These surgeries usually cost between $120-$155 for dogs, $85-$90 for cats and $75 for rabbits. Microchips cost $30 and vaccinations run $10 each so this is a real bargain. While there is no residency requirement to take advantage of this special offer, pets of Seattle residents must be currently licensed or a license can be purchased on the day of the appointment. For altered animals, a one-year license is $20 for cats/$27 for dogs or a two-year license is $27 for cats/$37 for dogs.

This year's special offer of the FREE spay/neuter, microchip and vaccination packages is made possible by the city's "Pet Population Control Fund," which provides financial assistance year-round to pet owners who cannot afford the cost of spaying and neutering.

There are several ways you can celebrate Spay Day in February and throughout the year:

  • Donate to the "Pet Population Control Fund" at the Seattle Animal Shelter.
  • Turn in a litter. As part of an ongoing Seattle Animal Shelter program, anyone who turns in a litter of puppies or kittens to the shelter, is eligible for a free spay or neuter for the parent animal(s). In return, the shelter guarantees the adoption of these kittens and puppies, if they are adoptable.
  • Talk to your friends, neighbors and family about getting their pets spayed or neutered. Year-round the Seattle Animal Shelter's Spay and Neuter Clinic is able to help those in need with discounted or free spay/neuter surgeries.

To learn about other clinics providing discounted or free services in King, Snohomish, Island and Skagit counties, visit Not in the area? Visit the Humane Society of the United States' World Spay Day page at

For more information about Spay Day Seattle, to make a donation to the Pet Population Control Fund, or to learn more about other Seattle Animal Shelter services, call (206) 386-7387 (PETS), or visit

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