AHS hosts 'Hip to Snip' spay/neuter event and special adopt-a-thon

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX – Veterinarians at the Arizona Humane Society spayed or neutered 50 pets – 25 cats and 25 dogs – Thursday morning, and handed out vouchers for discounted procedures to dozens of pet parents.

While it was a busy day for the vets, Friday and Saturday hopefully will be busy for everyone at the shelter as it launches a 24-hour adopt-a-thon on the heels of the spay/neuter event.

The AHS’s Circle of Friends hosted Thursday's "Hip to Snip," which is one of several free spay/neuter events held throughout the year.

Because animals were taken on a first-come, first-served basis, people lined up outside the Sunnyslope facility as early as 1 a.m. Lines were wrapped around the corner. Check-in started promptly at 6 a.m.

Pet owners who did not get in were given vouchers for discounted spay or neuter surgeries at a later date.

Like other animal-welfare organizations, the AHS stresses the importance of spaying and neutering pets not only to control the pet population, but also as a way to head off both negative behaviors and potentially serious medical issues.

AHS' Circle of Friends is a group of donors whose contributions of $1,000 or more go specifically towards AHS' low- and no-cost spay and neuter efforts both in AHS shelters and in the community.

For more information on AHS' Circle of Friends, please contact Tabitha Parrish at 602-997-7586 ext. 1023.

In addition to Thursday’s spay-neuter event, the AHS is doing a special adoption event Friday and Saturday. The 24-hour adopt-a-thon is part of the ASPCA Rachel Ray $100K Challenge. On Friday and Saturday, all pet adoptions will be just $24.

In addition to the discounted adoption fees, you can adopt two adult cats or an adult cat/kitten pairing for the price of one.

Both the Nina Mason Pulliam Campus for Compassion and Sunnyslope Campus will be open 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

AHS is one of 50 shelters chosen to take part in the ASPCA Rachel Ray $100K Challenge in which we are challenged to increase our adoptions this summer over last summer. The challenge began in June and Ends in August.

The organization's goal is to adopt out 4,048 animals in just three months as compared to 3,462 last year. That's an increase of almost 20 percent. The winning shelter will receive $100,000 for their lifesaving programs and services.

Right now AHS is caring for hundreds of animals that are waiting for families to adopt them. In addition to the 400 animals in the shelters, there are an additional 500 pets that are not even on the adoption floor yet.