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Humane society observes Spay Day 2010

With puppy season just around the corner, the Chilton County Humane Society reminds pet owners about the importance of spaying and neutering.

Tuesday, Feb. 23 is Spay Day, a national campaign to motivate people to save animals’ lives by taking action. Events are held in honor of Spay Day throughout the month of February.

“I really would like to educate Chilton County regarding spay/neuter and its benefits. This is one way pet owners can help us out,” said Joe Murphy, Chilton County Humane Society director.

Murphy pointed out several benefits of pets that are spayed or neutered versus those that are unaltered:

Spayed or neutered animals are generally more affectionate companions.

Cats are less likely to spray and mark their territory.

Spayed or neutered pets have less behavioral and temperament problems, and are less likely to bite.

They generally lead longer, healthier lives.

Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine and ovarian cancer in females, and greatly reduces the risk of breast cancer.

Neutered males are less likely to develop prostate cancer.

They are less likely to roam the neighborhood and fight with other animals.

“The biggest thing is it reduces the number of unwanted pets we have to find a home for,” Murphy said.

The Chilton County Humane Society offers a low-cost spay and neuter program, the procedure for which is usually done locally. Also, all animals adopted from the shelter have been altered.

A “Spay-ghetti” fundraising dinner is planned for March 13 at Clanton First United Methodist from 4-7 p.m. Plates will include spaghetti with marinara or meat sauce, salad, garlic bread, dessert and a drink.

Tickets are $5 apiece and are available from Pet Haven, Cox Veterinary Clinic, The Hickory Chip, Messer’s, Suds-R-Us, Chestnut Creek Veterinary Clinic and Bluebonnet Veterinary Clinic.

Call 755-9170 or e-mail chiltoncountyhum@bellsouth.net.