February is designated Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, with World Spay Day recognized on February 26. On that day, and throughout the month, organizations and individuals worldwide are promoting spay/neuter as a way to save lives.
1) Write a blog post sharing the news about World Spay Day and Spay/Neuter Awareness Month.
2) Link your post to BTC4animal’s World Spay Day blog hop (see below). The link list will remain open through February 28.
3) Read, comment and share other posts. Help spread the word about the importance of spay/neuter!
Why It Matters
World Spay Day is a day to shine a spotlight on spay/neuter as a proven means of saving the lives of companion animals, feral cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in a shelter or killed on the street.
World Spay Day provides a unique opportunity for everyone who cares about animals to join together toward a common goal —a comprehensive global, united effort to end the euthanasia and suffering of companion animals.
Nationwide, an estimated 6-8 million homeless kittens, puppies, cats and dogs enter animal shelters every year. About half of these animals are adopted. Tragically, the other half are put down. The majority of animals euthanized are healthy pets who would have made great companions.
The number of homeless animals varies by state—in some states as many as 300,000 cats and dogs are euthanized every year. These are not the offspring of homeless street animals; these are the puppies and kittens of pets who were accidentally or intentionally allowed to breed.
Globally, roaming pets and community animals contribute to the problem of street animal overpopulation. Often local authorities and individuals electrocute, shoot, poison or use other brutal methods to kill unwanted animals. In addition to being inhumane, these methods are not an effective long-term solution to street animal overpopulation. They may also accidentally harm the environment or kill other animals in the community.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way.
Spay/neuter is a permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control. When we spay or neuter pets, feral cats and other street animals, we ensure those animals will not add to the millions of already suffering animals.
The message of World Spay Day is that by spaying or neutering your pet, by supporting spay/neuter efforts in the United States and abroad, and by informing others of the importance of spay/neuter, you become an important part of the solution.
We can make the world a better place for us all. Be a part of the solution—promote spay/neuter!