Today is World Spay Day! On the last Tuesday of February each year, The Humane Society of the United States and animal advocates everywhere ban together to shine a light on the power of affordable, accessible, and LIFE SAVING spay/neuter.
These programs save the lives of companion animals, community (feral and stray) cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in shelters or killed on the street.
When your friends ask you why World Spay Day is so important, here’s what you can say:
1. Affordable spay / neuter programs save lives and help reduce shelter populations.
“Many people are surprised to learn that nationwide, more than 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters annually. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100 percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats.”
– The Humane Society of the United States
2. The decision to spay / neuter will improve your pet’s overall health and contribute to a longer life expectancy.
“Neutered male dogs live 18% longer than un-neutered male dogs and spayed female dogs live 23% longer than unspayed female dogs.”
3. Your house will be cleaner!
Unneutered dogs are generally more assertive and prone to urine-marking than their neutered counterparts. The same is true with intact cats. If you want to help minimize urine stains in your house – and on your furniture – have your pet spayed / neutered.
4. You’ll save money!
“Medical evidence indicates that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier…Male pets who are neutered eliminate their chances of getting testicular cancer, and it is thought they they have lowered rates of prostate cancer, as well.”
-The Humane Society of the United States
When you make the decision to spay / neuter your pet, you reduce their risk of developing medical conditions later in life. Caring for (and treating) an animal with a serious medical condition, such as cancer, can cost thousands of dollars. This is “five to ten times as much as a routine” spay / neuter surgery.
5. You’ll be less likely to have an embarrassing encounter at the dog park!
Dogs that have been altered are less likely to engage in excessive barking, mounting and other dominance-related behaviors. This means you can go to the dog park without always worrying that your fur-baby is going to hump Charlie the Chow!
Many people don’t know the importance – and value (both financially and health-wise) – of having their pet spayed or neutered. On this World Spay Day – spread the word – and do Bob Barker proud!
By Bailey Schroeder, ResQwalk Founder