Happy 'Neuter' Year campaign offers neutering specials for pets

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- As we say "Happy New Year" to family and friends, it might be a good time for pet owners to be saying Happy "Neuter" Year!

The "Happy Neuter Year" campaign offers $20 neuter surgeries for male dogs and cats January 1 - 31, 2015. The campaign is sponsored by PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America.

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 12 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 Ellen Clark, Altered Tails' Executive Director. "It also guarantees your dog or cat never fathers a litter of puppies or kittens."

This special $20 rate is even less than the organization's normal low-cost price and is available to everyone who owns a dog or cat that is not neutered. Pet parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the "Happy Neuter Year" campaign when they schedule their appointment. This campaign is based on availability.

Altered Tails, the Valley's largest spay/neuter clinic will provide 500 "Happy Neuter Year" sterilizations for $20 in January. Please visit www.alteredtails.org or call 602-943-7729 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

PetSmart Charities' "Happy Neuter Year" campaign provides more than $713,624 to spay/neuter clinics to fund affordable, high-quality spay and neuter surgeries for 16,585 male dogs and cats across the nation during the month of January.