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Dear Christopher Cat

I loved the spay-neuter commemorative stamps from the Postal Service. Will they be reprinted? Are the adorable kitten and puppy on the stamps available on any other products?

Christopher Responds

I was cute when I was a kitten, but not as cute as Samantha, the kitten featured on the stamp. Samantha and Kirby, the puppy, lived in a shelter in Connecticut when they were photographed for the spay-neuter commemorative stamps.

The stamps were designed to heighten awareness of homeless animals and the health benefits of spaying and neutering.

Of the 250 million spay-neuter stamps made available in September 2002, fewer than two million remain in the U.S. Postal Service’s central distribution. Ask your local postmaster to order more stamps, or order them yourself by calling 1-800-STAMP-24.

You can order a travel mug, T-shirt, tote bag and other products featuring Samantha and Kirby from www.spayneuter.us.

The American Partnership for Pets, a coalition of national and community animal health and welfare organizations dedicated to publicizing the benefits of spaying and neutering through these stamps, has requested that the USPS reprint the stamps, but no decision has been made.

This story has a happy ending: Samantha and Kirby were spayed and neutered, and both now live with their adoptive families.

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