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YHS launches 'Beat the Heat' spay/neuter campaign

Spring is a season of love and rebirth. But this is a harsh reality for the staff and volunteers at the Yavapai Humane Society (YHS). Uncontrolled breeding of dogs and cats is the leading cause of homelessness for thousands of animals in our community. Each spring as most of us celebrate new life, litter after litter arrives at our doors.

Abandoned litters of newborns are already coming in. The good news is we have a solution. YHS is launching the "Beat the Heat" campaign. We are asking all local pet owners to have their pets spayed or neutered before their animals go into heat this spring.

How you can help

Schedule a low-cost, high-quality spay or neuter surgery for each of your pets at the YHS Spay/Neuter Clinic located at 2989 Centerpointe East in Prescott, off the Prescott Parkway. Spay/neuter surgeries are scheduled Tuesday through Thursday every week. To schedule an appointment, call (928) 771-0547.

Mention "Beat the Heat" when you call for an appointment, and you will receive $5 off our already low price for each surgery you schedule. The clinic also provides low cost vaccinations and microchips every Friday on a first-come, first-served basis.

Why should you have your pets spayed or neutered? It's good for your pet. Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives by eliminating or reducing the incidence of several health problems that can be very difficult and/or expensive to treat.

• It's better to spay your female pet before she goes into heat the first time. This reduces the risk of breast cancer and eliminates the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer in your dog.

• Neutered males will not develop testicular cancer and their risk for developing prostate cancer is greatly reduced.

It's good for you

• Spay/neutered pets are, typically, better behaved and more calm and affectionate than those who are not spayed/neutered.

• Male cats are less likely to spray urine to mark their territory, especially if neutered prior to developing this habit.

• Spaying a dog or cat eliminates her heat cycle, thereby eliminating regular bleeding, and the incessant crying and nervous behavior that often accompanies the heat cycle.

• Neutering decreases an animal's desire to escape and wander the neighborhood in search of a mate. This decreases the risk of fights, death caused by getting hit by cars, and lost or stolen pets. You avoid the cost and sadness of a lost pet.

• Spaying keeps unwelcome male animals away.

It's good for the community

• Communities spend millions of dollars to control unwanted animals.

• Spay/neuter decreases the homeless animal population. YHS shelters are full of homeless animals, and there are not enough homes for all of them.

• Spay/neuter decreases the number of strays, which are often involved in dog bites and attacks, automobile accidents, defecation on and damage to private property, and more.

• Stray animals can scare away and kill wildlife and other domestic animals.

These reasons explain why we need to band together this spring to "Beat the Heat." Spay or neuter your pets before they contribute to our community's already serious pet overpopulation problems.

Another way you can help

Together we can break the rampant breeding cycle in our community. Your gift to the YHS Beat the Heat spring campaign will help us continue to spay or neuter the animals in our care and educate school children, families and community leaders about the critical need for spaying and neutering all companion animals in our community. You can make a donation by visiting www.yavapaihumane.org or by calling (928) 445-2666, Ext 20.

YHS annual meeting

For more information on this and other YHS programs, attend the Yavapai Humane Society Annual Meeting on April 11 at the Adult Center of Prescott, Rowle P. Simmons Center, 1280B E. Rosser Street. Please RSVP at (928)445.2666, Ext 20.

Ed Boks is the executive director of the Yavapai Humane Society. He can be reached at eboks@yavapaihumane.org or by calling 445-2666, ext. 21.

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