Did you know that kittens can go into heat and get pregnant as early as four months old and puppies around five months old? If not sterilized, puppies and kittens can get pregnant and have a litter of their own just two months later. And it’s these accidental litters that end up in animal shelters with no place to call home.
To reduce these accidental births, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB), with funding provided by PetSmart Charities, is introducing the Did You Know? Campaign, featuring a special $20 spay or neuter surgery for puppies and kittens under six months of age during the month of June at HSTB’s Animal Health Center.
While some pet parents may worry that their pet is too young for this procedure, spaying and neutering is safe and easy for kittens and puppies as young as eight to ten weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
“Many owners put off the procedure and wait until the puppy or kitten is six to eight months old,” says Karla Bard, Director of Medical Operations at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. “But by then, it can be too late. By then, a litter of puppies or kittens can be born.”
This special rate is even less than the organization’s normal low-cost price and is available to all residents of Hillsborough County.
Pet parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Did You Know?” promotion when they call to schedule their appointment. Appointments are available Tuesday through Friday.
Thanks to the PetSmart Charities grant, HSTB will provide 150 puppy and kitten sterilizations for $20 during June. Please call 813.870.3304 for more information or to schedule an appointment.