OPELOUSAS, La. — BISSELL Pet Foundation (BPF) is sponsoring its first, free spay/neuter clinic for dogs in the St. Landry Parish community with a goal of sterilizing approximately 300 pets.
Aiming to prevent unwanted litters from homelessness, this three-day clinic will take place at the YamBaLee Building on February 13-15, 2020.
To participate, Opelousas residents must already be signed-up with St. Landry Parish Animal Control. All spots for this clinic are currently at capacity.
Check-in and drop off for pet owners will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 9 a.m. Please refer to your scheduled time frame assigned by St. Landry Parish Animal Control. Pets will be available for pickup in the afternoon and must be claimed before 6 p.m.
Thanks to BPF’s partnership with Animal Balance, AB will administer spay/neuter for all pets during this clinic. They are experts at high volume spay/neuter and aim to bridge the existing gap in sterilization services that countless underserved, overwhelmed shelters face. They’re known to collaborate with communities in need to create sustainable animal management programs and prevent further suffrage of homeless animals.
Animal Balance will work with clinic attendees to educate them on post-care instructions.
“BISSELL Pet Foundation has prioritized creating positive change in St. Landry Parish and has committed significant financial resources and staffing onsite to ensure the best possible outcome, said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “This clinic will support the pet owners in this area to make spay/neuter accessible to them. Meanwhile, preventing accidental litters from homelessness.”
In addition to reducing the pet overpopulation crisis, other benefits of spaying/neutering your pet include:
- Behavior – Males may be less aggressive, and females won’t go into heat or howl, cry and pace due to being in heat.
- Health – Neutering your male helps prevent testicular cancer and prostate problems, and spaying your female helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors that can be cancerous.
- Manners – Unneutered dogs and cats are more likely to mark their territory with urine, even in your home. Also, your dog will be less likely to mount other dogs, people and objects after he’s neutered.
- Safety – Male pets especially tend to wander when feeling the urge to mate, but females can too. Pets can end up far away from home and risk injury from traffic or encounters with other dogs.
If your pet is currently experiencing health issues, this clinic will not be able to accommodate you – please consider calling to make an appointment at your local veterinarian.
To further encourage participation, all community members who sterilize their dogs during the clinic will be entered in a raffle to win a BISSELL Crosswave vacuum, retailing $299.99.
With a goal of 1,800 pets, BPF hopes this initiative will be repeated 5 more times throughout the year to maximize impact. Stay tuned for upcoming clinics in St. Landry by visiting St. Landry Parish Animal Control’s Facebook page.
About BISSELL Pet Foundation:
BISSELL Pet Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to help reduce the number of animals in shelters through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping and emergency support. Founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, BPF is an extension of her long-standing love for animals and commitment to their welfare. BPF has since partnered with over 4,800 shelters and rescues across the U.S. and Canada to help pets find loving homes. The foundation is supported by generous donors and BISSELL Homecare, Inc where every purchase saves pets. To learn more, visit www.bissellpetfoundation.org.