The United States Humane Society (USHS) and the International Humane Society (HIS) is gearing up to hold their 16th Annual Spay Day event. Spay Day always falls on the last Tuesday in February. This year's event will take place on Tuesday, the 23rd of February.
The Doris Day Animal League (DDAL) held the first Spay Day in 1995. Spay Day became a program of the USHS in 2006 when the DDAL combined operations with the USHS. Spay Day is the only day of action observed around the world that promotes the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. On Spay Day caring people, veterinarians and their staff, community animal welfare groups, local business owners and their employees, and pet parents, join hands in a joint effort to reduce euthanasia of homeless animals by shelters around the world.
Every year, four million healthy companion animals are put down in U.S. shelters alone. Some 3.7 million of those companion animals are cats and dogs. Many of these victims were the off springs of cherished pets but the pet parent couldn't handle the extra financial commitment. Sometimes the litter was intentional, sometimes the litter was unplanned, but that's not the issue. The issue is that all attempts to find good homes for them failed and they were surrendered to a shelter in the hope that they would be adopted in time to save their lives, but they weren't and they died. Is there an answer to these needless deaths? The only solution is to spay and neuter your pets, dogs, cats, rabbits, all your pets, well you can forget about this if your pets are fish.
Since the Doris Day Animal League held the first Spay Day event fifteen years ago, participants in the event have spayed and neutered over 1.4 million animals. Consider this, an unspayed cat is capable of giving birth to three litters of six kittens each every year and an unspayed dog can give birth to twenty pups every years, that's approximately 28 millions puppies and kittens. Spay Day has been a success preventing 28 million births, 28 million animals that would have ended up in our already over crowded shelters to await adoption or, ultimately, euthanasia. Spay Day will continue to be a success with your support.
There are many ways you can support Spay Day 2010. If you have the time and the organizational and leaderships skills, you can organize an event. Spay Day will be held on the 23rd but there will be events taking place throughout the month culminating with Spay Day Tuesday. The USHS has made an event planning guide available in pdf format. If you don't have the time or skills to organize an event, support Spay Day 2010 by volunteering you help to help at an event. Veterinarians and veterinarian technicians are always in need as are people who love animals without any special skills. The best way every loving, caring pet parent can help is by having all his or her companion animals spayed or neutered at an event. These spay/neuter clinics aren't free but they are at reduced cost to the pet parent.
Spaying and neutering has never been an inexpensive procedure, it's considered to be a major surgical procedure and veterinarian hospitals charge accordingly. That's the bad news. The good news is that there's one group right here in the Capital District that has been working tirelessly since 2008 to make spaying and neutering affordable even for the financially disadvantaged. The Cat Care Coalition was founded by Sue Mahar in 2008 and is now a coalition of caring groups- Guilderhaven, Robin's Nest Rescued Cats, and Noah's Kingdom. Don't let their name fool you, they care about dogs too and offer their discounted services to pet parents who have dog companions too. You can down load and complete applications for discounted spay/neutering for your cat or dog here.
The Cat Care Coalition is now working with two first-rate veterinarian hospitals, the Central Veterinary Hospital, 388 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12206 and the Rotterdam Veterinary Hospital, 2806 Guilderland Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12306.
If you are looking for a great way to participate in Spay Day 2010, volunteer your help to The Cat Care Coalition. You can email Sue at catcarecoalition@earthlink for more information and to sign on.