Governor Nathan Deal has proclaimed February as National Spay and Neuter Awareness Month in Georgia. The Department of Juvenile Justice is promoting responsible pet ownership by sharing animal overpopulation information with youth in communities and secure facilities through DJJ's Rescue-2-Restore program.
Governor Nathan Deal wrote in his proclamation:
"The citizens of Georgia have a responsibility to spay and neuter their pets, as this is a healthy choice for companion animals. More than one billion dollars is spent annually to help control dog and cat overpopulation, and Spaying and Neutering has been shown to drastically reduce overpopulation. Each year, shelters must euthanize millions of animals, many that are healthy and adoptable, because there are not enough homes..."
Every year, 3.4 million homeless pets in the United States are needlessly put to death. That's one pet euthanized every 8 seconds. By the time you finish reading this email, as many as 11 pets may have been put to death.
Spaying and Neutering is the #1 way to prevent pet euthanasia and reduce pet overpopulation. Spaying and Neutering not only reduces the number of dogs and cats killed, it helps animal companions live longer and healthier lives by eliminating or reducing many of the health and behavior issues that result in so many animals being relegated to shelters.
Altering your canine friend can increase its life up to 3 years; It can even add up to 5 years to your cat's life.
Spaying and Neutering decreases aggression and "marking" (urinating) in your home.
Pets that have been spay or neutered have a very low risk for tumors and cancers.
Spaying and Neutering reduces your pet's urge to roam. Research indicates as many as 85-percent of dogs hit by cars are not spayed or neutered. A male dog can smell a female dog in heat for up to three miles and will instinctively roam through traffic, fight other dogs and sacrifice its own safety to get to her.
Cost is the single biggest obstacle pet owners encounter when seeking Spay and Neuter services. Fortunately, many Georgia programs can help offset these costs. See DJJ’s Rescue-2-Restore program webpage for details on these low cost pet surgeries at http://www.djjnewsandviews.org/rescue2restore/ .
SPAY & NEUTER AWARENESS
SPAY & NEUTER CLINICS
Cats reproduce at a rate 45 times greater than humans. For dogs the rate is 15 times greater. Depending on the size and sex of your pet, Spay and Neuter surgeries can cost up to $450.00 at a regular Veterinarian practice.
In Atlanta, Lifeline Animal Project has two Spay and Neuter clinic locations offering low cost surgeries and an additional discount for all State of Georgia employees. This $25 discount offer for dogs and $15 discount offer for cats is valid for all employees scheduling in February for their pet to receive surgical Spay and Neuter services in March. The discount will allow DJJ employees to Spay and Neuter their cats or dogs for $25.00 to $70.00, depending on size and sex. A Rabies vaccine is required by Georgia law and will be given free during these specially priced Spay and Neuter procedures.
Please use the following link or phone number to make an appointment for your pets. To receive the additional savings, please remind your scheduler that you are a State of Georgia DJJ employee to receive your discount. Email your appointment request to: