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BLESSED PETS SOUGHT FOR NEUTERING

Nov. 11, 2003– The St. Croix Animal Rescue Foundation is sending out a puppy alert.
It is asking those persons who adopted puppies at last month's Blessing of the Pets ceremony at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Christiansted to bring the dogs in for spaying or neutering.
A teacher at St. Mary's school brought a litter of puppies to the ceremony. The good news is they were all adopted. The bad news is that no records were kept, and now the foundation has no means of contacting those who adopted the puppies.
The foundation is asking the new puppy parents to call for an appointment to perform spaying or neutering procedures. There will be no charge, according to foundation spokeswoman Asha Colianni.
Colianni also said in a release that the organization is offering free spaying and neutering for pets belonging to teachers at St. Mary's, St. Patrick's and St. Joseph's schools through the end of November.
She said owners of the "Blessed Puppies" should call the foundation at 719-6273 or theProgressive Veterinary Hospital at 719-7387 for an appointment. Colianni said Dr. Kasey Canton makes his services available to the foundation at a discounted rate. The average cost to have a female dog spayed on St. Croixis $100, Colianni said.
The foundation is a not-for-profit all volunteer organization committed to finding humane solutions for St. Croix's animal over-population crisis.

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