Calling it an unconventional Father's Day message, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, acquired billboard space to tell motorists to neuter their dogs.
The billboard, which the group says is at Loop 410 near Starcrest, features a dog nursing her puppies along with a message: "Don't Let Your Dog Be a Deadbeat Dad. Get Him Neutered Today."
"By having dogs and cats 'fixed,' people can prevent them from becoming deadbeat dads and single moms and, best of all, put a dent in companion-animal homelessness," PETA Senior Director Colleen O'Brien says in a press release. "PETA is calling on kind people everywhere to prevent unwanted births and ensure that no puppy or kitten is born into a world that's bursting at the seams with unwanted animals."
Whatever your opinion on PETA is, they definitely have a point with this one — even though capitalizing on Father's Day could be viewed negatively by some.
Animal Care Services estimates there are more than 150,000 stray dogs
in San Antonio. And like any other animal on the Discovery Channel, those animals are going to want to make babies.
In San Antonio, ACS is offering free spay/neuter services for targeted zip codes, nearly 20 of them. Visit ACS' website for more information on that program
, which is based on funding availability, and to find links to other facilities that offer free spay/neuter services.