All across the world people are celebrating the 20th anniversary of World Spay Day. More than 800 events offer low-cost spay/neuter services for cats, dogs and other pets. February is considered spay and neuter month, but today is when everyone pitches in to help spread awareness.
In the United States alone, over four million dogs and cats are put down each year in shelters. That’s over 80,000 a week. Organizations like The Lucy Pet Foundation (LPF) in California, which was founded by Joey Herrick, are helping to change that number by bringing a spay and neuter mobile clinic to the people of Southern California.
According to the LPF Facebook page, despite the increased in public awareness over the past 40 years about the need to spay and neuter pets, 35% of pet owners in the U.S. still choose not have their pets fixed.
With the help of social networking, more people like Howard and Leslie Epstein, are volunteering their time to help organizations like LPF, spread the message to spay and neuter their pets, and help LPF’s adoption drive.
Howard stated in an Examiner interview, “The Lucy Pet Foundation, and Joey, helped inspire me to get the word out about the importance of spay and neuter programs, and becoming more ‘hands-on’, with the project. The people involved with LPF really put their hearts in their work and mission, and I am proud to be involved.”
This weekend LPF will be in Riverside County providing free spay and neuter, services to the residents of Coachella Valley.
Learn more about LPF and the work they do on their Facebook page.
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