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HSSA to provide spay surgeries to help reduce homeless pet population

(Source: Humane Society of Southern Arizona) (Source: Humane Society of Southern Arizona)
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By Corina Gallardo, Tucson News Now intern

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Humane Society of Southern Arizona will provide spay surgeries to prevent the birth of unwanted kitten litters in the spring time.

With the help of a PetSmart Charities grant, 200 cat owners will be able to receive $20 "Beat the Heat" spay surgeries from the HSSA in February.

With the arrival of spring time also referred to as "kitten season" by the HSSA, a large amount of unwanted litters are born, sending many unwanted kittens to the doorsteps of animal shelters. By having spayed surgeries during February, the number of litters born during spring will decrease.  

"Female cats can have as many as three litters a year and kittens can breed as young as four months old. In just one year alone, one female cat can produce anywhere between six and 24 kittens," HSSA Public Relations lead Samantha Esquivel stated in a news release. "The ‘Beat the Heat' campaign will serve as a gentle reminder to cat owners to sterilize their female cats while providing the surgery for a minimal price."

Spaying a female cat before her first heat cycle will help reduce the cat's risk of reproductive cancers and infections, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. It is also considered the most effective way to reduce the population of homeless kittens.

Additional information can be found at hssaz.org or by calling (520) 881-0321.

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