The HSUS and Washington Mystics Stacey Dales-Schuman Launch Full Court Press to Improve Pet Health

The Humane Society of the United States
Friday, 29 August 2003

The HSUS is teaming up with Washington Mystics star Stacey Dales-Schuman on a new public service effort that urges pet owners to have their pets spayed and neutered.

Dales-Schuman is featured in a 30 second television public service announcement "Don't Take a Chance With Your Pet's Health." The spot notes that spaying or neutering has health benefits for pets. Some of those benefits include:

  • Spaying pets reduces the risk of breast cancer in dogs and cats and eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer.
  • Neutering eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and greatly reduces the chances that your pet will develop prostate cancer.
  • Spaying and neutering can help improve pet behavior and reduces the chances your dog will bite.

"Most people know that spaying and neutering can help in the fight against pet overpopulation," said Dales-Schuman. "But they may not understand how important it is for their own pet's well-being. I'm sure my pets are happier and healthier as a result of being spayed. This is a really important message, and I'm so pleased to be able to share it."

"We're very excited to have Stacey Dales-Schuman lend her support to the effort to encourage people to spay and neuter their pets," said Stephanie Shain, outreach director for The HSUS' companion animals program. "She's such a positive influence and a role model for the fans of professional basketball, and she's also committed to helping animals."

Dales-Schuman plays forward for the Mystics, Washington's WNBA team. She represented the team in the 2002 WNBA All Star Game. A native of Ontario, Canada, Dales-Schuman attended Oklahoma where she led her team to the 2001-2002 NCAA Championship Game. She's an on-air analyst for ESPN during their coverage of women's college basketball games. She has two dogs, Gracie and Allie.

The HSUS has more than seven million members and constituents. The HSUS is a mainstream voice for animals, with active programs in companion animals and equine protection, wildlife and habitat protection, animals in research and farm animals and sustainable agriculture. The HSUS has protected all animals through legislation, litigation, investigation, education, advocacy and field work. The non-profit organization, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2004, is based in Washington, DC and has 10 regional offices across the country.

For more information, or to contact The Humane Society of the United States, see their website at: www.hsus.org

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