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Spay Day Saves Thousands of Lives Worldwide

Humane Society International

More than 45,000 animal lovers around the globe entered their pet's photos in The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International's second annual Spay Day Online Pet Photo Contest. Spay Day International organizations from Cook Islands to Mexico entered photos and garnered votes to raise more than US$10,000 for their ongoing spay/neuter efforts. The top international fundraiser, Spay/Panama, raised almost $2,000 for their ongoing sterilization programs.

The contest raised more than $550,000 for spay/neuter efforts worldwide, with nearly half of that going to local participating animal organizations and the remaining to fund HSI and The HSUS' spay/neuter initiatives.

"The funds raised through the Spay Day contest will help put an end to the cycle of animal overpopulation," said Kitty Block, vice president of HSI. "We are so happy to have helped in this effort."

Overall, 38 organizations from 24 countries joined Spay Day International efforts, resulting in more than 2,000 cats and dogs spayed or neutered and hundreds of thousands of people reached with the message to spay/neuter. The photo contest was one element of an annual event designed to tackle worldwide overpopulation of dogs and cats. Spay Day takes place on the last Tuesday of February, with events in honor of the day occurring throughout February. Event organizers around the world hold special spay/neuter clinics and conduct outreach efforts to raise funds and promote spaying and neutering. Since its inception in 1995, more than 1.5 million dogs and cats have been spayed or neutered as a result of Spay Day.

Several organizations are planning additional clinics because the demand from the pet-owning public is so high. Events were held in Bermuda, Canada, Colombia, India, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malta, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Romania, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Arab Emirates and the US Virgin Islands.

Spay Day Online Pet Photo Contest sponsors included IDEXX Laboratories, Petplan Pet Insurance, Zootoo.com Shelter Makeover and Legacy Interactive.

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Humane Society International is the international arm of The Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at hsi.org.