This year, February 26th is World Spay Day! World Spay Day is an annual campaign of Humane Society International and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. On the last Tuesday of every February, they shine a spotlight to remind people that avoiding PET OVERPOPULATION is the best way to show your love for animals – because it allows those we have to be properly cared for!
And don’t forget – there are plenty of humane groups that work so hard to help feral and stray cats as well as street dogs. So support them as well – don’t buy a pet, ADOPT one! After all, when you adopt from a shelter or humane society, you take home a pet that’s been spayed already! Already have a pet that you can’t afford to neuter?
If you're looking for low-cost spay/neuter services or need help with the cost of caring for your pet, check this state-by-state list of groups who offer assistance to pet owners.
things to think about...
- The number of homeless animals is different in every state—but in some places there are as many as 300,000 homeless animals put down in animal shelters every year. Here’s the worst part: these aren’t the offspring of "street" animals—these are the puppies and kittens of family pets and even purebreds.
- According to USA Today, pets who live in the states with the highest rates of spaying/neuteringalso live the longest. How much longer? Neutered male dogs live 18% longer than un-neutered male dogs and spayed female dogs live 23% longer. The report goes on to add that in Mississippi, the lowest-ranking state for pet longevity, 44% of the dogs are not neutered or spayed.
- Did you know that nationwide, more than 2.7-million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters annually? Spaying/neutering is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats.
- Added bonus? A number of behavioral issues (marking, aggression, etc) are significantly improved or are solved altogether by getting your pet spayed/neutered.
Bottom line? There are LOTS of reasons to get your pet fixed –
and basically no reason for not taking care of business.
SO GET IT DONE!