Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Chihuahua Spay/Neuter Month Starts May 1

By Melissa Lisbon, HSSV Volunteer

Did you ever notice that there are a lot Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes at HSSV? I asked Dr. Julia Lewis, HSSV’s chief veterinary officer why this was the case, and she told me that 30% of the dogs brought in to HSSV as strays, surrenders or transfers are Chihuahuas or Chihuahua mixes!

I was happy to learn that HSSV would be running a spay/neuter special the entire month of May for Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes. Spays will be $40, and neuters will be $15. Qualifying dogs must weigh less than 25 lbs., which shouldn’t be a problem since Chihuahuas are a small breed of dog.

I also learned that there are a lot of health benefits from spaying and neutering, such as preventing certain types of cancer. However, Dr. Lewis emphasizes that "the most important benefit to spaying and neutering is not the health of the animals having the surgery, but it is for all of the puppies who don't have to be born into a situation where they don't have a home."

Given the high numbers of these little dogs, I think HSSV’s May Chihuahua spay/neuter program will have a real impact on the Chihuahuas’ homeless situation.

Click here to learn more about HSSV's spay and neuter services.

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