World Spay Day
February 28th is World Spay Day, an international day of action to promote the sterilization of pets, and community cats and dogs as a way to save animals’ lives. Created as Spay Day USA by the Doris Day Animal League in 1995, World Spay Day takes place each year on the last Tuesday of February. World Spay Day has been recognized by nearly 70 countries, shining a spotlight on the power of affordable, accessible spaying and neutering to save the lives of cats and dogs who might otherwise be put down in shelters or killed on the street.
Why is Spaying and Neutering Important?
- Spaying and neutering slows population growth. Without spay and neuter initiatives, homeless animals are often euthanized, killed, neglected or die of disease. Sterilization is important for the management of overpopulation and disease control.
- Spaying and neutering curbs unwelcome hormone-related behaviors. Females no longer have a heat cycle; this eliminates the attraction and approach of unwanted attention by male dogs.
- Spaying and neutering reduces health risks for the animals themselves. There are a number of possible fatal health conditions and infectious diseases that animals can develop as a result of breeding. These risks are eliminated when the animal is spayed or neutered.
- Spaying and neutering is cost effective. By spaying or neutering your pet, you save the cost of caring for future litters and reduce the likelihood of your pet needing veterinary treatment for injuries occurring when roaming or fighting.