Dakin Launches ‘Happy Neuter Year’ Campaign

SPRINGFIELD — Dakin Humane Society wants people to make a New Year’s resolution to neuter their male dogs and cats during its “Happy Neuter Year” campaign.

Sponsored by PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America, the campaign will provide $20 neutering surgeries for male dogs and cats during the month of January.

Spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population and is safe for puppies and kittens as young as eight to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Assoc.

“Neutering your pet not only helps prevent unwanted litters and animal homelessness, it also reduces unpleasant behaviors, like roaming, fighting, and urine-marking territories,” said Nancy Creed, interim executive director at Dakin.

This $20 rate is lower than the organization’s normal low-cost price offered at its Community Spay/Neuter Clinic. Pet owners who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Happy Neuter Year” campaign when they schedule their appointment. This campaign is based on availability, as Dakin will provide 175 sterilizations for $20 in January. Call (413) 781-4019 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

For more information about Dakin Humane Society, visit www.dakinhumane.org.