The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Humane Society International (HSI) are sponsoring World Spay Day on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
On this day and throughout the month, events and activities are being held around the world to shine a spotlight on the spaying or neutering of pets as a means of saving animals’ lives.
World Spay Day provides a unique opportunity for veterinarians, animal welfare professionals, business owners and animal lovers to join together toward a common goal: a global, united effort to end the euthanasia and suffering of companion animals. Spaying and neutering is an effective and humane way of helping to reduce the number of homeless animals in shelters.
An estimated 6-8 million homeless dogs and cats enter animal shelters in the U.S. every year.
“About half of these animals are adopted,” HSUS said. “Tragically, the other half are put down. The majority of animals euthanized are healthy pets who would have made great companions.”
Globally, roaming pets and community animals contribute to street dog overpopulation. Often local authorities or 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.
Celebrities are also doing their part to promote the benefits of spaying and neutering. Singer Ke$ha recently launched a “Street Dog Defender” campaign to promote respect, protection and compassion for these types of animals all around the world.
There are hundreds of events taking place around the world to educate people about the life-saving importance of spaying and neutering pets.
To participate in World Spay Day and help save the lives of animals, find an event near you.
PHOTOS: Humane Society, Milan