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February's 'World Spay Day' an important, timely observance

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February 25th marks the 20th anniversary of World Spay Day. The annual event is all about raising awareness of the importance of preventing more unwanted animals that may become victims of homelessness, neglect and abuse. Fortunately, reasonably priced spay and neuter services are available through community programs.

The Humane Society of the United States encourages the participation of local shelters, veterinary practices and concerned citizens during this yearly event. Go to their web page to register your event and receive useful tools to assist you.

Conscientious pet owners usually want to alter their pets but are sometimes intimidated by the cost. But there are many organizations that can help through spay/neuter assistance programs.

So how much does it cost to have your pets spayed or neutered? And where can you get help paying for the surgery? The Humane Society's website offers a locator tool to help easily access programs in your area that offer low-cost services. In Northern New York an organization called Spay/Neuter/Now based in Hammond, N. Y. provides services using its mobile clinic facilitated by veterinary professionals and volunteers in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties, as well as portions of Franklin and Lewis counties.

Some ways to observe World Spay Day:

· Host a fundraiser and donate the funds to spay/neuter organizations

· Help organize a spay/neuter clinic in your area

· Create a pamphlet to hand out at clinics, fundraisers and other animal-related activities

· Lobby your legislator to pass a resolution and raise greater awareness of the need for such programs

· Put together an educational program and present it at local schools to teach students about the importance of spaying/neutering to lessen animal suffering and unnecessary euthanasia

· Contribute to local spay/neuter clinics either with donations of funds, or surgical, office and pet supplies

Contact Spay/Neuter/Now (SNN) for more information about local services. Their mission is to “. . .continue the goal of putting a dent in the pet overpopulation crisis in the North Country. We cover all of St. Lawrence
& Jefferson counties and parts of Lewis and Franklin counties in New York State.”

Spay/Neuter/Now 47 Duck Cove Rd. Hammond, NY 13646 (315-324-5969)

For questions about World Spay Day contact: or call 301-258-1486.

Spay/Neuter grant opportunities are often available for humane organizations and municipal agencies that participate in World Spay Day (



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