World Spay Day 2014

I am a few days late to the game, but happy World Spay Day everyone. World Spay Day is celebrate the last Tuesday of February so this year’s was Tuesday, February 25.

World Spay Day is just one day to recognize the importance of spaying and neutering to reduce the number of animals killed in shelters each year. Spaying and neutering your pets is just one piece in the puzzle of reducing pet overpopulation, but it is (in my opinion) one of the most important. The less animals born, the less animals there are to find homes for, for owners to relinquish to shelters when the cute kitten turns into an old cat, and the less animals to be mistreated at the hands of potential abusers. According to a tweet from the Humane Society of the United States  a cat or dog is put down in a US shelter every 10 seconds. That is unacceptable. Actually, that is beyond unacceptable. Which is why things like World Spay Day exist.

Fortunately there are most likely some World Spay Day events going on by you this weekend. Even better, World Spay Day can be celebrated every day of the year. Go out and trap some feral cats. Educate someone on the importance of getting their dog or cat spayed/neutered, and why their children do not need to see the miracle of birth first hand, nor does their female dog or cat need to have a litter before she is spayed. Spread the world about a low cost spay/neuter clinic in your community.Don’t have a low cost clinic in your area, why not try working with your local humane society or your vet to get one started?

The benefits of getting your pet spayed or neutered are not limited to reducing the population of unwanted animals, there are also health benefits for your pets. Spaying your cat or dog drastically decreases your pet’s chances of getting mammary or ovarian cysts/cancer; neutering your dog or cat eliminates changes of testicular cancer and reduces chances of prostate problems. Spaying/neutering also reduces the chance that your pet will roam and decreases aggression, especially in males. SpayUsa.org lists a number of additional benefits as well!

You can learn more about World Spay Day by visiting worldspayday.org

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