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From 18 May 2003 Issue

Spay/Neuter Stamps Almost Sold Out

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Spay/Neuter Stamps Almost Sold Out!
Potential Record Sellout for Spay/Neuter Stamps Will Give 250 Million People Spay/Neuter Message

WASHINGTON (May 12, 2003) — The American Partnership for Pets, which includes The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), is hoping for a sellout of the popular Spay/Neuter United States postage stamps.

The Spay/Neuter stamps were released six months ago, and are classified as social awareness stamps under the U.S. Postal Service’s commemorative stamp program. To date, more than 85 percent of the 250 million stamps produced have been sold, and they are among the fastest selling stamps in U.S. Postal Service history.

Over 30 veterinary, humane, and animal control organizations make up The American Partnership for Pets. The many groups have combined their efforts to work together to ensure that pets are spayed or neutered.

“It’s great that so many stamps have already been sold,” said Stephanie Shain, director of companion animal outreach for The HSUS. “People are starting to realize how important it is to spay and neuter their pets and are passing along the message to others every time they use the stamp on their outgoing mail. We hope even more people will get involved in May, which The American Partnership for Pets has designated ‘Pledge to Use the Stamps Month’ and help spread the message even wider.” The group hopes with record sales, the U.S. Postal Service will decide to issue more postage stamps related to humane animal care.

Spaying and neutering plays a crucial role in the well-being of all pets. In seven years, a female cat and her offspring can produce as many as 420,000 cats, and one dog and her offspring can produce as many as 67,000 dogs in the same time period. Shelters currently take in an estimated 8-10 million unwanted animals every year and are only able to find good homes for about half of those animals. Not only will spaying and neutering help limit the number of pets who go into shelters each year, the procedures can help pets live longer, healthier lives. It makes pets less likely to mark territory, and pets who are sterilized often have less behavioral and temperament problems when compared to their un-sterilized counterparts.

“With so many stamps already purchased, local post offices have sold out, re-ordered, and sold out again,” said Shain. “These stamps have the potential to become the first social awareness stamps to sell out, and if they do, we strongly encourage the U.S. Postal Service to print more to meet the demand.” The HSUS is the nation's largest animal protection organization with over seven million members and constituents.

The HSUS is a mainstream voice for animals, with active programs in companion animals, wildlife, animals in research and farm animals and sustainable agriculture. For nearly 50 years, The HSUS has protected all animals through legislation, litigation, investigation, education, advocacy and field work. The non-profit organization is based in Washington, DC and has 10 regional offices across the country. For more information, visit The HSUS’ Web site – www.hsus.org.

For More Information Contact: Belinda Mager (301) 258-3071
E-mail: bmager@hsus.org

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