Every Eight Seconds an Animal Dies

According to the Humane Society, every eight seconds one of the four million cats and dogs in shelters is euthanized in the U.S. That is a horrifying statistic. Never mind the ones that die on the street, tied up in the back yard or as the victim of a hoarder.

Most of the animals that end up in shelters would have made loving companions, but they never had a chance.

That’s why the Humane Society started an annual Spay Day campaign to encourage people to spay and neuter their pets. Today is the 15th annual celebration.

According to their numbers from last year’s spay day, they spayed or neutered more than 32,000 cats and dogs, raised more than $200,000 for spay/neuter operations, and spread the spay/neuter message to more than 13 million people.

Now don’t go feeling all bad because you missed a chance to participate this year. The point of spay day is to raise awareness so that people keep this crisis in mind everyday.

Spaying and neutering is the best way to be a responsible guardian. Millions are spent every year on animal shelters, and efforts to place unwanted animals, but there are more animals than homes available for them.

Like they say, prevention is the best medicine. By placing emphasis on the importance of spaying and neutering, the number of unwanted animals will decrease and reduce long term costs for shelters and welfare groups. Less puppies and kittens on the market will also leave room in homes for animals in shelters who desperately need to be adopted. The solution is that simple.

Those who are worried about aspects of spaying and neutering should check out the Humane Society’s Myths and Facts page, along with the numerous advantages, including healthier pets. 

Spaying and neutering is a one shot deal. For many, the cost is the problem, but a lot areas are also make this service available to those who might not otherwise be able to afford it. Check with organizations like Spay USA, or the ASPCA’s directory of assisted services.

Other areas are considering more aggressive alternatives. Washington state, for example, has new legislation on the table, Senate Bill 5329 and House Bill 1406. Supported by groups like Save Washington Pets, these new bills would help provide an additional 70,000 spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations for dogs and cats, making the copay no more than $20 at most.

Funding for this would be based on a fee that pet-food distributors already pay for food inspection throughout the state. The impact would be less than $1 a month for pet owners. That’s hardly noticeable and would save thousands of lives, and increase savings on the local level over time. 

Since these bills have no effect on state programs or funding, there’s no reason not to pass them. Programs like this have also been successful in other states.

For more information on how to support this type of legislation, visit the How to Help page on Save Washington Pet’s website. 

Let’s start at the root of the problem, and make Spay Day everyday! 




Sally D.
Sally D8 years ago

I have entered my beautiful cat Shadow into the Humane Society International Spay Day Online Pet Photo Contest. All money raised will be used to fund the spaying/neutering of all pets worldwide. It is being carried out with a 'Donate & Vote' process. Basically $1=1vote. There is a minimum of a $5 donation and this will give your pets photo five votes. The pet with the most votes at the end of the contest is the winner and there are runner up prizes. I think the top pet has about 3200 votes! My Shadow has 120 votes, so obviously Shadow has no chance of winning! But that does not concern me, the main thing is that every vote has raised money to fund spaying/neutering animals worldwide. That's good enough for me. Plus everyone gets to look at the photo of My Beautiful Little Shadow.


JulieAnn Zserdin
JULIE ANN Z8 years ago

i believe spay/nuetur is imperative for all animals. It should be the law that every animal owner has a time period in which the animal has to be fixed. It should be against the law for any breeder to be allowd to breed any animal untill every stray in the US has been given a home. to keep breeding pure breds is stupid when so many animals are put down every day for lack of homes. It is not nessary to let any animal have a litter before fixing them, whether you have homes set up the babies or not. It is simply a irresponsible owner who allows an animal to breed for any reason. I get so sick of hearing poeple say they bred animals. I take in strays and have had to have dozens of cats fixed because of irresponsible owners who let thier cats run loose and bred, and then become ferals. If you cannot afford to fix an animal you have no business owning an animal. if you cant afford the medical attention it needs, you have no right owning a animal. It is time poeple start being responsible pet owners and got off thier ignorant ideas that it is thier choice to spay/nuetur thier pets. It is EVERY pet owners responsiblity to stop the irresponsible breeding of pets.

Lauriita Hernandez
lorii He8 years ago

it is the best way to prevvent animals with no home or love or care or abuse we have to be educated to love animal to llive wuth them as the are with feelings and those feeling most be respected until then it is the only way

Mary Strobridge
Past Member 8 years ago

I agee with Candice L.

Samantha T.
Samantha T9 years ago

I think the breeding pets is very wrong until the day comes that all pets have a home. Right now good hard working Americans do not have homes and if you are a breeder you should have a decent moral conscience and stop ALL breeding until we get back on track!
My dog is a Puggle named Kelso. We are his 5th home. They paid $700 for him and then they got rid of him because they said he could not be potty trained. I trained him in one day. All he needed was to be taught how to ask to go out, so I taught him to run in a circle, easy!!! I always said I would NEVER but my dog in a cage, but my poor Kelso gets such horrible seperation anxiety that I have to or he would distroy my home even after being with us for 6 years. Lucky for him I am a stay at home mom, so someone is almost always at home.
One day a couple months ago I was walking my Kelso and I saw a woman with the hood of her SUV open. I am 20 mins from downtown Chicago so I thought she was lost and her car was broke down. I was wrong. There was about a 6 week old grey kitten stuck in her engine. After an hour we finally got her out safely and there were over a dozen people watching and no one would take the kitten. I am allergic and I already had one cat who also was found outside. Well, now I have two cats and we named her Greycie. She a wonderful, loving addition to our home! I shudder to think about what would have happened to her if I had not stopped to help that woman. It can get 30 below zero here. Ugh!

Maureen N.
Maureen N9 years ago

Quite a few years ago a town near to where I lived started a spay/neuter program that was really clever.

They gave you a deduction off of your property tax for thecost of the spay/neuter (spread out over 2 or 3 years - I've forgotten which) for your pet. All you had to do was provide proof of spay/neuter. If you were a renter your landlord could claim the deduction by giving you a rent rebate. This worked so successfully that it not only saved the lives of countless unwanted cats and dogs but the town no longer had to have a full time pound and animal control officer - which of course saved the tax payers a lot of money.

Irish C.
AELLA TEAM9 years ago

I would rather see Dog breeders phased out and before ye slag me listen up...I have seen pure bred dogs bought and then brought to the vet where I used to work,these dog's were sick,some recovered and some did not,there are rescue sites out there for pure breds and I would rather see those dogs adopted than a person paying through the nose for a pure bred,now have ye say!

Rebecca S.
Rebecca S.9 years ago

If you cannot afford more than one animal, have it fixed. In the long run it is better health wise for the animal. I had our female Jack Russell give birth to one litter, but I had homes for the other puppies and I took the time to check out the homes and made sure that if any one didn't feel a Jack Russell wasn't for them, the puppy would be returned to me. She was fixed after that and she was a wonderful mother too. We kept one of the puppies and at the moment he is not fixed but he is also not outside running loose either. If we soon do not find a female to mate with him, he will be fixed, and if we do find a female to mate with him, he will be fixed after the mateing. It takes alot of money to have a litter of healthy puppies and alot of fenced in room for them to run. If you are unable to have thoses things, please have your pets fixed. And an other important thing is that you have the time you need to spend with your animals. We care for our dog just like we would our kids, they are one of the family that happens to walk on all fours and 'hogs the bed>'

Candace L.
Candace L.9 years ago


Laurie G. Cleveland
Laurie Cleveland9 years ago

Andrea, I take exception to your comments about so-called "backyard breeders" and "greedy people selling dogs". I've been breeding one breed of dog for over 30 years. In order to do it right, it costs money. First there are the vet bills to make sure that the bitch doesn't have any health issues and to make sure she is ready to be bred. Then there are the stud fees or fees I give to people to help with the breeding process. Then there are the costs incurred in the gestation of the bitch--different food, vitamins, etc. Then there are the vet bills incurred with whelping and getting "pit" shots to make sure that the bitch is properly cleaned out; otherwise, an infection called pyometria can occur. Then there are the costs incurred with raising the puppies--food, vitamins, shots, collars, leashes, registration, etc., etc., etc. Then there are the fees to advertise the puppies. By the time all is added up, a decent breeder is lucky to break even. There is no greed about it.