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World Spay Day is February 25, 2014

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World Spay Day is an international event that has been going on for 20 years. It gives all animal lovers who have a common goal an opportunity to spay or neuter their pets in an effort to end euthanasia, as well as the needless abandonment or rejection of our companions.

The campaign is to save lives and takes place on World Spay Day, Tuesday, February 25. Participants nationally include the Doris Day Animal Foundation, PetFinder, Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs, Best Friends Animal Society, House Rabbit Society, Humane Alliance and this only names a few. Local organizations involved are Cat Welfare Association and Shelter Outreach Services of Ohio. Hundreds of veterinary hospitals, clinics, animal welfare organizations, rescues and individuals in the United States and around the world organize World Spay Day events in order to educate people in their communities about the life-saving importance of spaying and neutering pets. Many also are providing spay/neuter services at special prices and to raise critical spay/neuter funds.

Do you know at what age cats and dogs can get pregnant? Cats can get pregnant by four months of age and dogs by five months. And half of all litters are not planned, which of course, ends up with litters being abaondoned, dropped in animal shelters or on Craigslist looking for a home.

Rabbits are also ideal candidates for World Spay Day. Unwanted rabbits are often abandoned in parks, fields, or just dropped on city streets to fend for themselves. Bunnies can easily suffer from starvation or sickness, not to mention they are easy prey to other animals or traffic.

Of course, not every dog will tolerate anesthesia or be a candidate for spay or neuter. Options can be discussed with your vet as consideration must be given on an individual basis.

So, as much as we all love puppies and kitties and even bunnies, getting your dog, cat or rabbit spayed or neutered is a responsible way of reducing the unwanted reproduction of animals, reducing shelter euthanasia rates, as well as decreasing the pet overpopulation problem.

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