Ed the cat was procedure #50,000

Ed the cat was procedure #50,000 (Courtesy of MD SPCA / January 10, 2014)

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) says spaying or neutering pets can reduce or eliminate the risk of some cancers, along with reducing their urge to mark territory, wander off and get lost, race into the street after a potential mate and be hit by a car, or become aggressive over time. So it's no wonder shelters and veterinary professionals urge pet owners to spay and neuter their dogs and cats.

Pet owners in Baltimore are clearly listening: The MD SPCA this week celebrated spay/neuter procedure #50,000 at its low-cost clinic on Falls Road. Ed the cat was brought in for the milestone procedure and was spoiled maybe just a little bit more than usual during his visit.

The Spay and Neuter Clinic opened in February 2007 to provide low-cost spay and neuter surgeries. It serves residents' pets, feral animals, and cats and dogs who land with local rescue groups. Veterinarians there perform, on average, about 9,000 spay/neuter procedures every year. Every animal placed for adoption by the MD SPCA is also spayed or neutered before going home.

The clinic is located at 3300 Falls Road. For information or to schedule a procedure, call 410.235.8826 or visit mdspca.org.