April 10, 2003

The Unprecedented American Partnership for Pets Asks The Public To "Pledge To Use The USPS Neuter/Spay Stamps in May" To Deliver Their Important Message Into The Homes and Hearts Of America And To Break a Few Records Along the Way!

In response to the tremendous support of the American Partnership for Pets (APP), in September 2002, the US Postal Service more than tripled the number of stamps usually issued for a commemorative subject. 250 million social awareness stamps (part of the USPS's commemorative stamp program) were dedicated to Neutering and Spaying pets!

Just six months later, USPS central distribution has shipped more than 219 million of these stamps to local post offices and to the public.

"We know that many of those local post offices have sold out, re-ordered more stamps and sold those out too." said Sara Khurody-Downs, representing APP. "We could not be more pleased to see how popular these stamps are. Our partnership has worked hard to get the word out about these stamps, about the benefits of spaying and neutering and to direct the public to neighbourhood veterinarians and animal organizations through the free public service, printed on every sheet of stamps. We have worked alongside the USPS and local postal employees and we are very proud of what we have accomplished together. We are also working to make these the first social awareness stamps in USPS history to sell out!

The Partnership is asking Americans to use these stamps on all their mail for the month of May and beyond until they are sold out!

More "Pledge to Use the Stamps Month" details are available on the APP website at The website also has comprehensive information about the benefits of spay/neuter, local stamp celebrations, and the stamps. The partnership is also encouraging people to publicly and proudly wear spay/neuter stamp pins during Pledge month. The spay/neuter stamp pins and merchandise that supports the APP mission may be ordered at

"We hope that based on support for the stamps, that the USPS will consider reprinting these popular stamps so that we may continue use the stamps as a tangible tool to raise awareness about the benefits of spaying and neutering. And while we are at it, we also hope to rank as the top selling commemorative stamp in USPS history!" enthused. Khurody-Downs.

The highest number of modern-day commemorative stamps printed was 517 million. That honor belongs to the Elvis stamp issued in 1993. But as Ann Gearhart of The Snyder Foundation for Animals, an APP partner quipped, "Move over hound dog. Here comes Neuter/Spay!"


The neuter/spay stamps may be purchased at local post offices or by calling 1-800-STAMP-24 or online at

An estimated 8-10 million animals are taken in by American shelters and rescue groups each year of which an estimated 4-5 million are euthanized. Spaying and Neutering is a part of responsible pet care. It has health benefits, may help to address behavioral issues and prevents the births of unwanted litters. Spay/neuter benefits you, your pet and your community!

The American Partnership for Pets is an unprecedented team of leading veterinary, humane, animal control and fancier organizations that have set differences aside and united to speak with one voice on behalf of our nation's homeless and unwanted animals. The growing number of visionary members include: Actors and Others for Animals, Alley Cat Allies, American Humane Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Animal News Center, Association of Professional Humane Educators, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Cat Fanciers' Association, Doing Things for Animals, The Doris Day Animal Foundation, FIREPAW, Humane Association of Georgia, The Humane Society of the United States, In Defense of Animals, The Latham Foundation, Massachusettes Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, National Animal Control Association, National Humane Education Society, Noah's Wish, North Shore Animal League America, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, Petsavers Foundation, Pets 911, PETsMART Charities (Funding Partner), Prevent a Litter Coalition, Snyder Foundation for Animals, State Humane Association of California, Texas Federation of Humane Societies, Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation, Tufts Animal Expo, United Animal Nations, Virginia Federation of Humane Societies. These organizations are committed to setting a standard for collaborative approach to a societal issue.


For further information about American Partnership for Pets, the program and the partners, please visit us at or email us at

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