MEDIA RELEASE: SECOND ANNUAL MASH FREE SPAY
NEUTER EVENT – OCTOBER 7-9
The Second Annual MASH is a collaboration of animal welfare organizations, interested individuals and local businesses and government working together to provide this amazing gift to our community. All surgeries and vaccinations will be absolutely free to anyone that decides to have their pets altered. On Friday, October 7 and 8 we will begin the registration process at 7:00 a.m. for dogs only and on Sunday October 9 will register cats only beginning at 7:00 a.m. We have skilled, licensed veterinarians from all over the state and teams of trained veterinary technicians volunteering their services to provide our animal clients with the best possible care.
The Location: Los Ranchitos Elementary School, 2054 E. Ginter Rd. One Block north of Valencia and west of Tucson Blvd.
Event organizers, representatives from the Tucson City Council and other governments, plus the Sunnyside School District and sponsors will be holding a press conference, Friday at 3:00 PM at Los Ranchitos School.
Organizing and successfully executing an event of this magnitude will take a small army of volunteers; donations from local eating establishments are needed to provide food and beverages for all our hardworking helpers. Cash donations will also be accepted.
“This event helps to ensure that our pets are taken care of, provides a needed resource to animal lovers who may not be able to provide full veterinary care for their animals,” Ward 5 Councilmember Richard Fimbres said. “Last year’s event took care of 800 cats and dogs at the site, thanks to the work of the veterinarians, techs and volunteers who gave their time for this worthy cause.”
“The Sunnyside School District is pleased to again, play an integral part to help control our pet population,” Steve Holmes, Sunnyside School District Superintendent said. “This effort not only helps the Sunnyside School District, but our entire community through the work of the MASH Free Spay/Neuter event.”
The collaborators of this event expect provide spay and neuter surgery for a minimum of 500 dogs and cats. This will have huge impacts on reducing the number of unwanted pets that are turned in to our local animal shelters. Prevention of litters and prevention of disease saves lives.
For more information, contact Pat Hubbard, Community Outreach Director for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, 520-403-6947.