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February 28, 2012

Spay Day Resolution Passes Virginia General Assembly on World Spay Day

The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Virginia General Assembly for passing House Joint Resolution 143, patroned by Del. David Englin, D-Alexandria, designating Feb. 28 as Spay Day in Virginia. The bill unanimously passed the Senate on World Spay Day, an annual campaign that promotes spay/neuter as a proven, effective means of saving animals’ lives. World Spay Day is a program of The HSUS and Humane Society International. Animal advocates worldwide are raising awareness that spay/neuter saves lives through nearly 700 registered World Spay Day events this month.

“It is a travesty that an estimated 100,000 companion animals in Virginia and 4 million cats and dogs in the U.S.—about one every eight seconds—are put down in shelters every year,” said Del. Englin, a passionate animal advocate. “Many cats and dogs who die as a result of pet overpopulation could have made wonderful pets, and it is my hope this day can help raise awareness across our commonwealth about the importance of this life saving strategy.”

“Spay Day will create a wave of spay/neuter awareness and activity to help combat the pet overpopulation problem in Virginia,” said Laura Donahue, Virginia state director for The HSUS. “It is fitting that this resolution, and the inaugural first year of Spay Day in Virginia, passed on World Spay Day. This day will now provide a unique opportunity for everyone who cares about animals to come together towards a common goal to end the euthanasia and suffering of homeless companion animals, feral cats and street dogs.”

“Everyone at the Richmond SPCA is delighted that the Commonwealth of Virginia has dedicated today to recognize the crucial importance of spaying and neutering in creating compassionate communities where no healthy or treatable animal loses his life,” said Robin Robertson Starr, chief executive officer of the Richmond SPCA. “We have seen firsthand how access to affordable spay/neuter and other veterinary services is changing the paradigm for pet homelessness.”

“Spaying and neutering companion animals is the single most important initiative in ending the needless suffering of countless unwanted animals” said Neil Trent, executive director of the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. “We encourage pet owners in Northern Virginia to contact the League this week to learn about our spay day initiatives.”

Founded as Spay Day USA in 1995 by the Doris Day Animal League and Doris Day Animal Foundation, the program has grown to include participants in 46 countries in 2011. Events include low and no-cost spay/neuter clinics for low-income families, fundraisers to benefit spay/neuter programs and educational efforts for pet owners about the importance of spaying or neutering pets. Since Spay Day’s inception, it is estimated that more than 1 million animals have been spayed or neutered in conjunction with the campaign.

To locate a spay day event in Virginia, visit www.humanesociety.org/spaydayfind 

You can help raise funds for spay/neuter by voting in the World Spay Day Pet Photo Contest through Feb. 29 at humanesociety.org/photocontest

 

Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491, stwining@humanesociety.org

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