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A Special Day for Pets

Cats and dogs can't add or subtract... but they sure can multiply!

Kind News magazine, Feb/Mar 2014

Throughout the month of February, many animals are spayed or neutered at World Spay Day events. Diane Lewis

Every day in this country, thousands of puppies and kittens are born. That may sound like a good thing. After all, puppies and kittens are so cute! But the sad truth is that there are not enough good homes for all puppies and kittens born. Millions of pets enter animal shelters every year. Only about half of them will be adopted.

That’s why it’s so important for pet owners to have their pets spayed or neutered.

What is Spay/Neuter?

Spaying and neutering are operations that keep pets from having babies. Female cats and dogs are spayed. Males are neutered. Veterinarians perform the operations while the animals are under anesthesia (in a deep sleep). The animals feel no pain.

Join in the celebration! Visit worldspayday.org to learn more.

A Day to Say "Spay!"

On Feb. 25, The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International will celebrate 20 years of World Spay Day. It’s a day of action and awareness to help stop pet homelessness. Veterinarians and their staff join forces with thousands of people who care about pets. They provide spay/neuter services and spread the word that the operations are an effective way to decrease the numbers of homeless animals.

You can help too. By having your pets spayed or neutered and by sharing the importance of spay/ neuter with your family and friends, you become an important part of the solution. And you’ll feel good knowing your pets will not add to the millions of homeless animals.

Myths and Facts About Spaying and Neutering

  • Meredith Lee/The HSUS

Myth: My pet will get fat and lazy.
Fact: Too much food and not enough exercise can cause pets to become fat and lazy.

Myth: It’s healthier for my pet to have one litter first.
Fact: Just the opposite. Many veterinarians now spay or neuter dogs and cats as young as 8 weeks of age. Check with your veterinarian about the best time for your pet.

Myth: My dog (or cat) is so special, I want a puppy (or kitten) just like her.
Fact: There is no guarantee that your pet’s babies will be just like her.

Myth: I will find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.
Fact: If you’re lucky, that may be true. But each home you find means one less home for pets in shelters. Also, each of your pet’s babies may produce a litter, adding even more animals to the population.

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