In a press release, Adairsville Animal Hospital employee Jani Aylsworth said the business was taking a different tack for the worldwide event. Instead of seeing how many animals could be spayed or neutered during the day, and limiting the procedures to one day, Adairsville Animal Hospital’s Dr. Dan Schawnbeck and Dog Pack Rescue will sell a limited number of certificates for low-cost spaying, neutering and vaccines. The certificates will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.
The certificates will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Adairsville Animal Hospital, 7446 Adairsville Highway.
This year marks the third year the hospital has been involved in World Spay Day, Alysworth said in an interview. Each year, she added, more people bring their pets to the event.
“They seem to like it. We make it very streamlined, very simple, very easy. What they like best is that they are actually getting spay and neuter done in a facility with an actual, qualified medical facility where they know that if they have any questions or concerns after surgery they can always come back and ask us. We’re easy to get a hold of,” she said.
Though the animal hospital will sell the certificates today, Aylsworth clarified that all procedures will be scheduled for a later date. Certificates must be purchased with cash, with the type of procedure determining a the price.
“The bottom line is getting cats and dogs spayed and neutered so we don’t have this overpopulation,” Aylsworth said. “Gordon County Animal Shelter has a number of pets they have to put down on a daily and weekly basis. It just keeps getting larger and larger. They’re trying so hard, and all the different rescue groups are trying to get pets adopted but there’s only so many homes out there.”
According to World Spay Day’s website, www.worldspayday.org, the annual event “shines a spotlight on spay/neuter as a proven means of saving the lines of companion animals, community (feral and stray) cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in a shelter or killed on the street.”
Aylsworth believed the idea of using spaying and neutering to save lives was beginning to gain more traction in the community.
“I think it has. I think each year more and more people are starting to really understand the importance. Just the bottom line — a lot of pets get adopted in this area, they wind up going up north for adoption, and the reason why is in the northern states they don’t have the overpopulation problem,” she said. “People just seem to get their pets spayed and neutered there.
“I think there’s a bigger push. I think they’re getting the education material out there better than what we’ve done in the past here. So we’re just really trying. The South is trying to catch up and not be so overpopulated.”
For more information on the Adairsville Animal Hospital’s World Spay Day event, call 770-743-3401.