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    Love Your Pet ... Spay and Neuter

    Foothills Animal Shelter, a true resource for the pet community, is honoring the national awareness campaign of Spay Day. Started in 1995 by the Doris Day Animal League, Spay Day is recognized the last Tuesday of each February.

    While February 28 marks the specific date this year, Foothills Animal Shelter will be celebrating all month long. In fact, every day is like Spay Day at the Shelter since spaying and neutering takes place 4-5 days a week, all year round. Spays and neuters are conducted for the Shelter’s adoptable pets and are also offered to the public at low-cost, which helps owners who are struggling financially with the care of their pets.

    In 2011, a total of 4,323 animals were spayed and neutered at Foothills Animal Shelter.

    Spaying and neutering can benefit a pet health-wise by decreasing the chance of testicular and ovarian cancers, which can increase their lifespan. Behaviors such as marking can sometimes be modified with this procedure as well. It can also help decrease pet overpopulation by preventing more unwanted litters of puppies and kittens.

    Pet Overpopulation Statistics:

    • It is estimated by the Humane Society of the United States that nearly 8 million pets end up at animal shelters each year in the United States.
    • The 2010 PACFA (Pet Animal Care Facilities Act) Report approximated that 175,000 animals were in animal shelters for the state of Colorado.
    • Foothills Animal Shelter cares for nearly 10,000 orphaned pets each year.
    • In an effort to increase awareness during this national campaign and spread the love, extra spay/neuter clinics are being offered during February (in addition to regularly scheduled clinics).


      When: Saturday, February 4 & Saturday, February 11
      Where: Foothills Animal Shelter (580 McIntyre Street, Golden, 80401)
      Cost: Dogs are $65 for a neuter and $75 for a spay. Cat surgeries are $40 for either a spay or neuter.
      Schedule Appointment: Call 720-407-5215 to make an appointment for one of the Saturday or other regularly scheduled clinics.
      Photo/Video Opportunity: Saturday, February 4 from 7:15-8:00 a.m. during check-in of the first Saturday clinic. Videoing/photographing of owners dropping off their animals to be spayed/neutered as well as cats and dogs being prepped in the surgery suite will be available during this time. Contact Jenn Strickland to RSVP at 720-407-5224.

      About Foothills Animal Shelter
      The mission of Foothills Animal Shelter, previously known as Table Mountain Animal Center, is to provide the best care possible for every animal that enters the door. The organization is a true resource for the pet community — including low-cost spaying and neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, dog licensing, community room rental and dog training. Founded in 1976, the public/private organization partners with animal control and several municipalities within Jefferson County. The open-admissions facility (that never turns any animal away) cares for nearly 10,000 orphaned pets annually and is one of the largest animal shelters in the metro Denver area.

      The organization moved into a brand new 33,000-square-foot facility in August of 2010. Check out www.FoothillsAnimalShelter.org for more information.

    January 24, 2012

    Last Updated: 6-5-2013