However, animal lovers know Cowell never gave an animal a bad review about its performance, numerously citing his love for pets and being the face behind several campaigns regarding their welfare, such as not leaving dogs in hot cars and working with the World Society for the Protection of Animals in hopes of getting universal protection for them.
PETA decided to celebrate Cowell’s 51st birthday by spaying and neutering 51 animals in their “Spay and Neuter Immediately, Please!” (SNIP) mobile veterinary clinic.
“What better way to honour Simon on his birthday than to offer 51 free desexing surgeries – one to mark each year of his life?” writes PETA UK’s blog, Animal Writes. “Every single surgery helps to take a bite out of the homeless animal crisis and spares kittens and puppies from being born into a world that has no place for them.”
This year only, PETA’s fleet of mobile clinics has spayed and neutered more than 7,300 animals. And since its inception in 2001, the mobile clinics program has spayed and neutered 64,721 animals. This year, PETA has also provided free transportation to clinics for more than 450 cats and dogs.
Mobile spay and neuter clinic often provide a valuable way to service pet owners in rural, low-income or remote areas where both financial and transportation obstacles can hinder good pet care. The very first mobile spay and neuter clinic in the U.S. was created in Houston, Texas in 1993 to address this issue when the Houston Animal Rights Team, later known as SNAP, offered sterilization surgery exclusively to pets of lower income residents in the Houston area.
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