SPRINGFIELD — Chihuahuas and chihuahua mixes are some of the most at-risk pets entering U.S. shelters each year. Dakin Humane Society, with funding support from PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, is addressing the problem by introducing the “Cherish Your Chihuahua” spay/neuter campaign.
Through the campaign, Dakin will offer a special $20 spay/neuter surgery and free nail trim for chihuahuas and chihuahua mixes. The discounted surgeries have a limited availability.
“Spaying/neutering a pet is the most effective thing a pet caretaker can do to prevent unwanted litters from being born and contributing to the homeless-pet overpopulation problem,” said Carmine DiCenso, executive director at Dakin Humane Society.
Some people may be hesitant to get their young puppies sterilized, but the American Veterinary Medical Assoc. (AVMA) endorses spaying and neutering dogs as young as eight to 10 weeks old. Research also shows that the procedure may improve the behavior and health of the pet, including reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.
This special $20 rate is less than the organization’s regular spay/neuter fee. To take advantage of this rate, mention “Cherish Your Chihuahua” when booking the appointment. The promotion is based on availability. Please call (413) 781-4019 for more information or to schedule an appointment.