What is World Spay Day?
World Spay Day is an annual campaign that aims to decrease stray pet populations by increasing awareness of the importance of spaying and neutering programs. It is an opportunity to educate pet owners and caretakers on the importance and benefits of sterilization. It joins everyone around the world in one single effort to help control pet overpopulation and decrease the number of homeless and euthanized animals in our areas.
Who Started World Spay Day?
In 1995, actress Doris Day’s organization, Doris Day Animal League, founded Spay Day USA to bring attention to the pet overpopulation problem in the United States. The movement took off and spread globally, eventually merging with the Human Society to become World Spay Day. It is now celebrated annually across the globe on the fourth Tuesday in February.
5 Benefits of Spay/Neutering Your Pet
- It will help your pet live a longer, healthier life
Spaying and neutering limits your dog’s chance of developing certain cancers and infections, such as testicular or ovarian cancer.
- Curbs unwanted behaviors
Getting your pet spayed/neutered reduces those behavioral issues associated with the mating instinct. Your pet will be less likely to spray strong-smelling urine all over the house and mount other animals, people, and inanimate objects. For females, it eliminates their heat-cycle and males, it help decrease the urge to roam away from the home.
- Reduces long-term pet care cost
The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery, especially with low-cost clinics now available, is a lot less than the cost of caring for a litter or the long-term medical issues that arise in unaltered pets.
- It is good for the community.
Stray animals pose a real problem to many communities. They prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.
- It helps fight pet overpopulation.
Every year, millions of animals are turned away or euthanized at shelters across the country due to overpopulation. Although it is not the sole reason, unplanned litters attribute to these high numbers. Spaying and neutering helps reduce the number of strays and unwanted animals.
How You Can Celebrate World Spay Day
There are several ways you can get involved and support the World Spay Day cause. The first way is to make sure your own pets are spayed and neutered. You can help raise awareness for the holiday by sharing information about the cause on social media and educating others on the importance of spay/neutering. Lastly, you can raise money for various local spay and neutering programs or national organizations like the Humane Society.