Spay Day USA! (Redux)

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Spay Day USA

As a follow-up to Susan’s post, I just wanted to remind y’all to check out the HSUS’s 14th annual Spay Day USA website at http://www.spaydayusa.org. You can also find additional info on their main website, here.

And remember, it’s not just non-human animals who breed like rabbits. Yeah, I’m talking about the v-word. Hey, if it’s good enough for Rover, then it’s good enough for Roger. Snip, snip, snip!

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Spay Day USA!

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

My name is Susan Daffron and I’m the founder of the National Association of Pet Rescue Professionals (http://www.naprp.com) and the author of books on caring for adopted dogs and cats called Happy Hound (http://www.happyhoundbook.com) and Happy Tabby (http://www.happytabbybook.com).

Spay Day is February 26, this year and I thought I’d share a list of reasons why it’s so important to “fix” your pets because so many myths continue to exist when it comes to spaying and neutering. Here are three facts:

1. Spayed or neutered animals are healthier. Female cats and dogs can’t get uterine or ovarian cancer and the possibility that the animal will get breast cancer is greatly reduced. Neutering reduces roaming and fighting and most animals lose the desire to constantly mark their territory.

2. Spayed or neutered animals live longer. Statistically, animals that have been spayed or neutered live an average of two to three years longer than unsterilized pets.

3. Spaying or neutering saves money. Spaying is a one-time cost that is tiny when compared to the cost of providing care for a mother and a litter (or litters!) of puppies or kittens.

It’s a myth that it’s good to let a pet have “just one litter” of puppies or kittens before you get her spayed. The bottom line is that by letting your pet have that “just one litter” you contribute to the problem of pet overpopulation. Even if you find homes for the puppies or kittens, those critters produce more critters and the problem grows exponentially and quickly. One cat or dog who has babies and whose babies have babies can be responsible for the birth of 50 to 200 kittens or puppies in just one year. The reproductive rate of dogs is 15 times that of humans and the reproductive rate of cats is 30 times that of humans.

Virtually every pet rescue requires that adopted pets be spayed or neutered. These people work tirelessly to save animals every day, so do your part to help them help the animals. Spay and neuter your pets!

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Happy Spay Day!

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

UPDATE, 3/9/07, via HSUS:

Pet lovers across the nation came together last month to make Spay Day USA 2007 a great success! Look at what we were able to accomplish:

1. More than 300 spay/neuter events were held throughout February, most offering low cost or donated services to pets in need and feral cats.

2. To date, 28 percent of event organizers have reported a total of 9,050 animals having received spay or neuter services this year at Spay Day USA events nationwide. (Visit SpayDayUSA.org the week of March 19 for final results!)

3. Individuals and teams raised more than $89,000 to contribute to community events and to The Humane Society of the United States’ Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS) program – enough money to spay or neuter nearly 1,200 animals!

4. Nearly 100 community groups organized public outreach and fundraising events, from educational displays at public libraries featuring information on spay and neuter, to vegetarian “spay-ghetti” dinners, reaching more than half a million members of the public and raising at least $94,000 for spay/neuter.

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HSUS: Spay Day USA 2007

Monday, February 5th, 2007

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From: Humane Society of the United States – humanesociety [at] hsus.org
Date: Feb 5, 2007 4:24 PM
Subject: Do it for love

The Humane Society of the United States: DO IT FOR LOVE

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February 27 is Spay Day USA, and The Humane Society of the United States is partnering with local groups to get tens of thousands of pets spayed and neutered.

Thousands of puppies and kittens are born every hour in the United States, and many will never find homes. Fortunately, spaying and neutering is a solution that we can all be a part of. It’s simple, effective, and saves pets’ lives for generations to come.

This year, The HSUS is thrilled to offer you fun and easy ways to get involved with Spay Day USA events throughout the country. Last year, 29,000 cats, dogs, and other animals were reported spayed or neutered at these events. I know that together we can make an even bigger impact this year.

Here’s how you can be a part of the solution:

1. Set a goal to help pets in the community of your choice or nationwide. Did you know that $75 will spay/neuter one cat or dog?* That might seem like a lot, but when you enlist your family and friends to help raise money for this worthy cause, you can set a goal to help spay or neuter five, ten, twenty, or more pets! It’s easy to get started, and you can do it all online. Click here: https://community.hsus.org/ct/W7S7Mss1lzj_/

2. Volunteer. Check out the local events planned this month and volunteer to help. If you can’t find an event in your community, then organize one! Click here: https://community.hsus.org/ct/O7S7Mss1lzja/

3. Spay or neuter your pet. If you haven’t done this already, please schedule an appointment now. Click here: https://community.hsus.org/ct/O7S7Mss1lzja/

And make sure your friends, family, and neighbors know why it’s important to spay or neuter their pets, too. Our downloadable brochure can help. Click here: https://community.hsus.org/ct/OpS7Mss1lzjz/

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