February 22 is the 17th annual worldwide Spay Day. The event is sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International to inspire pet owners to save animal lives by spaying or neutering their cats and dogs.
Spay Day is a reminder that 3-4 million companion animals are senselessly euthanized each year in the U.S. because their human guardians didn’t take the responsible steps to have them sterilized.
Spay Day tries to get animal owners involved in being part of the solution to stop pet overpopulation.
To further encourage people to participate, HSUS has been promoting local events such as low-cost spay and neuter clinics across the country and around the world.
I’m sure you have heard about the many benefits of having cats and dogs fixed such as: living longer and healthier lives, male dogs don’t roam away as much and neutered male cats and dogs are better behaved. The entire list of benefits can be found on the ASPCA website.
Having a pet spayed or neutered is the best way stop pet overpopulation. Animals that are fixed do not contribute to the following devastating statistics.
HSUS Statistics About Pet Overpopulation:
- 6-8 million cats and dogs enter animal shelters each year.
- 3-4 million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters because there are not enough homes for them.
- 30 percent of lost dogs are reunited with their owners and only 2-5 percent of cats are reclaimed.
- There are an estimated 3,500 animal shelters across the United States.
- Despite increased public awareness about the need to spay and neuter pets, 35 percent of pet owners choose not to do so.
Spay Day has a personal meaning to me because pet overpopulation has reached a crisis level in my community. Each year nearly 30,000 companion animals are euthanized in my city and that is with the help of low-cost and free spay and neuter programs by animal welfare groups such as the Heaven Can Wait Animal Society. HCWS fixes 10,000 -12,000 cats and dogs annually.
Each year the organization holds a community walk in memory of the animals euthanized. Volunteers carefully place a string of paper collars along the path as a memorial to each individual cat and dog that lost their life. Seeing 30,000 collars spread out one after another is a pretty powerful experience for those that participate.
Be part of the solution on Spay Day 2011 – have your cat or dog spayed or neutered.
Here is a Public Service Announcement about Spay Day from HSUS.
Take Action: Stop Euthanizing Pets In Animal Shelters
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