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Local events for World Spay Day 2012

Altering outdoor cats is key to ending overpopulation
Robert Leirich

Formerly known as Spay Day USA, World Spay Day occurs annually on the last Tuesday in February, the 28th in 2012. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Humane Society International (HSI) coordinate the campaign. This name change reflects the global nature of the effort to end pet overpopulation. The Doris Day Animal Foundation, the ASPCA®, PetSmart Charities®, the House Rabbit Society and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association serve as official partners of World Spay Day 2012.

HSUS is holding a pet photo contest to raise money for events across the globe. Upload your pet's photo and story for a $1 donation. People vote for the photos, again for a $1 donation. There are several prizes, such as an iPad2 and painting of your pet, plus you get the good feeling of helping to save lives through the act of spay/neutering animals which prevents unwanted litters of puppies and kittens.

At the Wisconsin Humane Society in Milwaukee, struggling families can register their cats for the spay (female) or neuter (male) procedure by calling (414) 431-6132. The deadline is February 15th to get scheduled for February 28, 2012. The fee range begins at $10 and increases on a sliding scale. For more information about the WHS low income SNAP (Spay/Neuter Assistance Program), call 414-ANIMALS.

In Waukesha County, HAWS is accepting applications for their 'SNIP' program for both dogs and cats to be scheduled for surgery between February 20 and March 2nd. Preference is given to the Pit Bull Terrier breed or mix dogs. The procedure is offered free of charge for qualified applicants. Please call 262-542-8851 ext. 109 for more information.

How big of problem is pet overpopulation? Even in this day and age, over 50% of animals entering our local animal control (MADACC) are euthanized. That is over 6,000 lives ended every year in Milwaukee County alone. The statistics are even worse on a national scale.

Both of the local programs mentioned above are subsidized by donations. Give to WHS or 'Sponsor a Spay' at HAWS. Be generous any time of the year and help save lives.


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