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March 17, 2014, 05:00 AM By Scott Delucchi

This week marks a special anniversary. Ten years ago, Alice Radio personality Hooman (a native son, born and raised in San Mateo) visited our Spay/Neuter Clinic’s surgery room for a whacky segment. He broadcast what was undoubtedly the first and probably still, the only live neuter surgery. He stood beside our veterinarian and described the action, snip by snip. By the end of the brief procedure, callers wanted to neuter Hooman! The segment’s goal was to draw awareness to this simple, vital surgery for pet owners and let them know that they have low-cost options. We charge so little that we actually lose money on every procedure! But, it’s the right thing for a humane society to do. Making the surgeries affordable to all residents means fewer unwanted litters will be born and fewer unwanted dogs and cats will enter shelters. For this year’s big event, we will have our vet perform a neuter surgery blindfolded to show you how simple it is. Just kidding! No whacky gimmick, no neutering of local radio personalities. Just some facts. In more than 90 percent of serious dog bites and attacks, the attacking dog is a male who has not been fixed. Neutered dogs or cats cannot get testicular cancer, and spayed females — dogs and cats — eliminate or greatly reduce the chance of getting ovarian or uterine cancer. Last fact: our low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic is your least expensive local option for spay/neuter. The fee to fix a cat, for example, is $50 or $60 (for females). For dogs, it’s $95 to $150, with large females on the high end. Some pet owners assume these rates equate to a drop in quality. If anything, it’s the opposite. Our vets perform these surgeries all the time — it’s our specialty. And, just like when you are looking to get Lasik surgery or a hip replacement, you want a doc who’s done it many times. Please call 650/340-7015.

Scott oversees PHS/SPCA’s Adoption, Behavior and Training, Education, Outreach, Field Services, Cruelty Investigation, Volunteer and Media/PR program areas and staff from the new Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion.



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