Monday, February 25, 2013

World Spay Day: Tuesday 2/26


 
According to the Humane Society of the United States, an estimated 6-8 million homeless cats and dogs enter animal shelters in the U.S. every year. Only about half of these animals are adopted.

That means 3-4 million animals lose their lives on an annual basis in the U.S. alone, due to pet overpopulation. And the HSUS tells us that the majority of these animals who are euthanized are healthy, sweet pets who would have made great companions.


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And it’s not just in the U.S. – this is a worldwide problem. Globally, pets who are sentenced to roam the streets due to overpopulation are often brutally killed as unwanted pests by local authorities.

Once again, the HSUS:  "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 for cats, dogs, and rabbits. When we spay or neuter pets, feral cats, and other street animals, we ensure those animals and their offspring will not add to the millions of already suffering animals."

World Spay Day is dedicated to encouraging organizations and individuals in the United States and abroad to support the spay/neuter process to help bring this problem to an end.

Spay/neuter is a simple solution, a simple process, and it can have a profound impact on the animal population. Help reduce the number of animals who suffer and die each year by being a part of the solution— spread the word: promote spay/neuter!


24 comments:

  1. Amazing the amount of people who refuse for no good reason. Have a marvelous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  2. Locally, we have higher awareness of TNR though the local councils are reluctant to accept it. They prefer to engage in dog catchers who, more often than not, are very cruel in handling the dogs. They are "paid" per dog, so some of them will even climb over gates to grab a pet. It's disgusting.
    Hopefully, there will be improvements on how to handle the stray pet population. Meanwhile, we'll continue to educate the people we meet. :)

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    1. oh NO. Paid per dog? That's awful! We agree, and we'll keep burning the candle in the hope we can educate and reach an increasing number of people!

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  3. here here!

    It is so hard when we have kittens that come to the shelter because their parents are stray and no one is there to care for them, but it just infuriates me when they come in because people refuse to neuter their pets. We know how to prevent pregnancy - it is not a major mystery how kittens and puppies happen.. there is no stork dropping them off at your door to spite you..

    Seriously people, stop littering!

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  4. We don't have such a problem here, just imagine if most were spayed, loads of less kitties looking for homes. Here we have to pay to get our cat or dog done, is it the same in the US ? xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

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    1. It sure is the same, however, you can often find local clinics that will perform spay/neuter for a very reduced rate. Here in Kansas City, Spay Neuter KC charges $15. And on Spay Day, many organizations have offered the service free in past years, so it's definitely worth it for people to check into and take advantage of it!

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  5. wonderful post! Be sure to stop by tomorrow...Deb Barnes is our special guest blogger about World Spay Day! We couldn't be more honored!

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    1. That is soooo cool! She's the best! We'll be there!

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  6. I think World Spay Day should be an international holiday!

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    1. Guess what? for us this year it will be! *whispers* they're predicting 16-20 inches of SNOW for us tomorrow... *GULP* Kansas City's already declared a state of emergency and offices are announcing closures. We'll get our humans working from home for the next few days - woot!

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  7. thanks for reminding us.....it is SO important - and as mom says - it ain't rocket science

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  8. This is so well said and if only more took advantage of this option we would have less of a population problem.

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  9. Great post on a very important topic!

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  10. I sure wish the humans would pay attention! That was a great post!

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  11. Thanks for doing your part. If we could only get everyone to pay attention.

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  12. Absolutely! What a waste & tragedy. It hurts our hearts to think about it. We think it would be nice if spays & neuters were free on World Spay Day.

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  13. Sob. Yes, it's a good thing that blond bi#@* hacked 'em right off. Sob. A good thing. I mean, I held on to 'em for 8 years--8 YEARS! And, no, I never got to put them to any use, but still....they were MINE, ya know?

    Heh heh.

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    1. Allie: *pats Spitty consolingly* There, there now...

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  14. Never ever will our furramily understand why people do not spay and neuter. If they are not serious breeders trying to improve a breed...and "serious" is dependent on definition..more on that later. Anyways, pawsome post! Paw hugs, Savannah

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    1. Thank you! We hope loads of people take advantage of Spay Day tomorrow. Our city's shut down so we hope they have a make-up day sometime soon!

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  15. Pawsome post guys.....if only humans would understand how important it is to spay/neuter; we can't do it ourselves after all! We need responsible, caring humans to help us keep the population under control.

    Kitty hugs, Sammy

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  16. Hey guys, could you get ahold of Mom, you won the bottle of flower essences and she wants to send them out asap. Email at cherrycitykitties AT yahoo DOT com.

    neuter and spay on a special day... naw... every day!
    Harry, Dexter and Tipp

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  17. Thank you for participating in the BTC4A World Spay Day Blog Hop and for spreading the word about the importance of spay/neuter. There are so many homeless animals who enter into the shelter system each year. It's a shame for any healthy animal to be put down simply due to the lack of a forever home.

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Coolio! A comment? For US?