January 24, 2005
The School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis, is joining the Sacramento Area Animal Coalition in its volunteer effort to perform 1,400 low-cost spay and neuter procedures in connection with Spay Day USA 2005.
Sign-ups for 1,000 appointments on February 27, and 400 vouchers for appointments to be scheduled after Spay Day, begin January 18 through the Sacramento Area Animal Coalition.
These spay and neuter procedures, intended to prevent overpopulation and abandonment of cats and dogs, will be available by appointment only to households with an annual income of less than $35,000.
The procedures, costing just $15-$20 per animal, will be offered at more than 20 locations throughout Sacramento, Yolo and Placer counties. Each year, more than 30,000 unwanted cats and dogs are killed in the region.
In addition to the spay-neuter surgeries, participating animals will receive identifying microchips with lifetime registration, vaccinations, heartworm tests, and heartworm and flea-and-tick treatments. This package of services is valued at $300 per animal.
At UC Davis, spay and neuter procedures will be carried out by a team of 500 volunteers in a state-of-the-art surgical facility at the School of Veterinary Medicine. The surgeries will be performed by qualified veterinary faculty members and students. Other staff and students of the veterinary school will serve in non-clinical support roles. The veterinary school anticipates it will be able to provide 300 procedures on Spay Day. Volunteers from the school and campus student body and employees are encouraged to participate.
To sign up their cats or dogs for appointments for the spay or neuter procedures, families should call (916) 808-SPAY. Volunteer appointment-schedulers will call back to obtain necessary pet information. Each household can sign up as many as four animals for Spay Day.
Spay Day USA 2005 is coordinated locally by the Sacramento Area Animal Coalition and its Spay Day partners: the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights, the Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association, the City of Sacramento, United Animal Nations, the Placer, Yolo and Sacramento Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Teaching Everyone Animals Matter, the California Veterinary Medical Association, and a New Hope Foundation.. The coalition is committed to eliminating companion-animal overpopulation in the Sacramento area.
The local event is part of Spay Day USA, a national effort coordinated by the Doris Day Animal Foundation.
Lynn Narlesky, School of Veterinary Medicine, (530) 752-5257,
Pat Bailey, UC Davis News Service, (530) 752-9843, email@example.com