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by Amanda Just
Categories: Animals, Causes
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Ian Somerhalder, actor on the TV show, “The Vampire Diaries,” sent out a tweet and an Instagram pic of his rescued pup, Nietzsche, who is scheduled to be spayed today. His message reads:

“Pls send some positive vibes for my little girl, Nietzsche who goes under the knife to be Spayed in a few minutes!STOP OVERPOPULATION-SPAY AND NEUTER Thank you!”

According to the ASPCA, Nietzsche’s spaying means a healthier life for her. The organization says that spaying prevents a female dog of getting breast cancer or uterine infections, of which 50% of cases are fatal. The thought that spaying can cause excessive weight gain in a dog has been proven a myth. And of course, spaying and neutering directly reduces pet overpopulation. Unplanned litters from unaltered pets can contribute to strays suffering on the streets or animals suffering (long- or short-term) in animal shelters.

Many cities across the country offer low- or no-cost spay & neutering. To find a program near you, check this locator on the ASPCA’s website.

Thank you, Ian Somerhalder, for being a responsible pet parent, and best wishes to Nietzsche!

Photo credit: Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com

About Amanda Just

Amanda Just is a longtime vegan who loves to promote compassionate living in fun, creative ways. As a writer, she has contributed to This Dish Is Veg, ForksOverKnives.com, and many other blogs, websites, and newsletters. As an activist, she champions many causes, from veganism and animal rights to environmental protection and human rights. Amanda resides in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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