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February 18, 2010

Spay Day Saves Lives

Learn about Spay Day 2010 events in your area

The Humane Society of the United States

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Tuesday, Feb. 23, marks the 16th Spay Day, an annual campaign by The HSUS designed to highlight the importance of saving animal lives by spaying or neutering.

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On Spay Day and throughout February, The HSUS brings together hundreds of spay/neuter events to create a wave of spay/neuter activity and awareness across the country and around the world. Read more on why spay/neuter is key to ending pet overpopulation »

So many events, so little time 

More than 600 Spay Day events are scheduled to take place in the U.S. this year. They are hosted by a wide variety of groups: animal rescue groups, veterinarians, city- and county-run animal service agencies, private humane societies, and humanitarian-focused organizations.

Internationally, more than 80 events in 43 countries are planned, providing life-saving spay/neuter services to more than 40,000 animals around the globe.

There are too many amazing efforts surrounding Spay Day to cover them all here, but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to spotlight some of them below. 

Doris Day, champion for animals

Doris Day founded Spay Day to shine a national spotlight on spay/neuter as a humane and effective means of ending the tragedy of pet overpopulation. Now that Spay Day is a program of The HSUS, the Doris Day Animal Foundation has generously awarded a special Spay Day 2010 grant to be used to spay or neuter pets whose families could not otherwise afford it.

The HSUS is distributing these funds to 11 statewide spay/neuter organizations: Spay Alabama, Arizona's Spay/Neuter Hotline, Spay Florida, Spay Georgia, Spay Iowa, Indiana Spay/Neuter Alliance, Spay Michigan, Mississippi SPAN, Spay Montana, Spay Ohio, and Spay Virginia.

In our backyard

In honor of Spay Day 2010 and to further its mission to reduce pet overpopulation in Montgomery County, Maryland, the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County is distributing 100 certificates for free spays and neuters to resident cat owners. The HSUS—which maintains an office in Montgomery County—is proud to be a sponsor of this event. 

Say you want a resolution

Spay Day Resolutions are being issued in communities and states across the country this year. California, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wisconsin, in addition to the cities of Rancho Cordova (California), Fairfield (Illinois), Union Springs (Alabama), San Marcos (Texas), and others will all be celebrating Spay Day with official resolutions recognizing the tragedy of pet homelessness and endorsing spay/neuter as a humane and effective means of reducing it.

Spay/neuter in the Bayou

The Animal Angels Spay Neuter Alliance Project is opening a new spay/neuter facility that will offer much-needed low-cost services to the Lake Charles, La., community. They will join the ranks of animal welfare groups across Louisiana and Mississippi that have taken a proactive approach to pet overpopulation by opening high-volume, low-cost clinics: Southern Pines Animal Shelter (Miss.), Mississippi SPAN, and many others. These clinics will perform tens of thousands of surgeries each year, saving countless lives and providing desperately needed services to their communities.

What's up with the docs

The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association is bringing the veterinary community closer to Spay Day. HSVMA offers free scrub tops, certificates of appreciation, and HSVMA membership to veterinarians and veterinary technicians who participate in Spay Day.

They are also offering a drawing for a free trip for two to Animal Care Expo, and helped to produce a new Spay Day PSA. HSVMA veterinarians will donate two days' worth of cat and dog surgeries for pet owners facing financial hardship in Salinas and Monterey County, Calif.

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Bully breeds in the spotlight

Pit bulls and pit bull mixes comprise an estimated 25 percent of the homeless dog population in shelters nationwide. Stanislaus County Animal Services, the Modesto Police Animal Control, and a California veterinarian are teaming up to provide free services for pit bulls during February.

The HOPE Spay/Neuter Clinic in Waterbury, Conn., has dedicated a week specifically for pit bulls. Giles County Animal Rescue in Pearisburg, Va., is having a spay/neuter event just for pit bulls, and the Shelby Humane Society in Alabama is offering half off all pit bull surgeries until the end of February.

Getting catty

Trap-Neuter-Return is a proactive strategy for improving the lives of feral cats and reducing their numbers. Many organizations are hosting feral cat specific spay/neuter events in honor of Spay Day. Events such as the Feral Cat Frenzy (Cincinnati, Ohio), Free Feral Feline Fix (Paxico, Kan.), Fix-A-Feline (Baton Rouge, La.), Don't Falter, Alter! (Glen Cove, NY), and TNR Y'all (Waco, Texas) will have a great impact on the lives of the feral cats in those communities.

Serving the underserved

The Navajo Nation Veterinary Program in Window Rock, Ariz., is offering three low-cost spay/neuter clinics for cats and dogs. Dr. Maas from the Bend Veterinary Clinic in Oregon and Emma Clifford from Animal Balance are teaming up with volunteers to spay or neuter animals in American and Western Samoa— island communities with a serious cat and dog overpopulation problem.

The team's goal is to provide efficient and compassionate veterinary care, which includes trapping ferals and sterilizing in MASH-style clinics. Since sustainability is important, the team is also providing local veterinary training and education programs, along with a commitment for future surgical campaigns.

What you can do

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