SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society is celebrating it’s 4th year serving the animals of Western Massachusetts, and to top it off, they’re also celebrating another important milestone. Friday, a pit bull named Kira became the 40,000th animal helped by Dakin’s Community Spay/Neuter Clinic.
“Not only does spaying and neutering help to control over population, it’s also good for the health of the animal,” says Candy Lash, Manager of Marketing and Communications at Dakin. “When animals are spayed or neutered it reduces the risk of certain forms of reproductive cancers, and helps them live longer happier lives.”
The Dakin Community Spay/Neuter Clinic serves dogs and cats within a 90-mile radius, but it particularly targets those animals most at risk of becoming homeless. These include cats, in homes, free-roaming, and feral, and pit bull dogs.
The clinic is an integral part of Dakin’s mission to limit the number of euthanasia’s performed on homeless pets. As part of that initiative, they’ve teamed up with PetSmart Charities to launch “Primp Your Pit!” during the month of August. The program allows pit bull owners to bring in their pets for a spay or neuter in the clinic for a small $20 fee. Kira was one of the first participants in the program.
The program only runs through the month of August and space is limited.