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World Spay Day celebrating 20th anniversary

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Spay and neuter: it’s a proven means of saving lives. Tuesday, February 25, 2014 is the 20th annual World Spay Day, a campaign by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Humane Society International (HSI) to raise awareness of spay/neuter as a solution to animal overpopulation.

According to HSUS, an estimated 6-8 million homeless kittens, puppies, cats and dogs enter animal shelters in the United States every year. The majority of homeless animals in the U.S. represent puppies and kittens of pets accidentally or intentionally allowed to breed. About half of homeless animals are adopted, while 2.7 million adoptable pets are euthanized.

Worldwide, street animal overpopulation is often addressed by local authorities through the use of electrocution, poison or other methods that are ineffective as long-term solutions. World Spay Day globally promotes the benefit of spaying and neutering as permanent, effective methods of birth control, ensuring that those animals will not add to the population by continuing to reproduce.

World Spay Day events in the U.S. and around the world include low- and no-cost spay/neuter clinics, veterinary services for low-income families, fundraisers for spay/neuter programs, and educational efforts.

By informing others of the importance of spay/neuter, you become an important part of the solution.” — The Humane Society of the United States

For more information, visit

Find a low-cost spay/neuter program near you, and help others find a program by posting a spay/neuter locator widget on your blog or website.

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