The Best Way To Observe World Spay Day This February (And Throughout The Year)
The average female cat can give birth to a litter of about six kittens five times per year. That means about 30 kittens per year born to just one unspayed mother cat, the University Veterinary Care Center reports.
According to American Humane, the failure to spay and neuter dogs and cats is responsible for millions of unwanted animals living on the streets without homes or food or being killed in shelters all over the world.
Each year, more than 6.5 million dogs and cats wind up in animal shelters in the U.S., PawAdviser reports, and approximately half of them must be euthanized because there aren’t enough good homes for them.
All cats and dogs adopted from public or private animal care and control facilities should be spayed or neutered.
Talk to your veterinarian about the best time to spay or neuter your pet if you haven’t done so already. Fixing your furry friend doesn’t just reduce the overall at-risk pet population, spaying and neutering can be healthy for your pet, too.
“Behaviorally, spaying or neutering your pet can keep them from roaming, spraying, and marking their territory; medically, it can prevent disease or illness later in life,” says Dr. Stacy Eckman, a clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
There are a number of potentially fatal health conditions and transmissible diseases that animals can contract or develop as a result of being intact and breeding, including pyometra, TVT, and reproductive cancers, Humane Society International reports. These risks are eliminated when the animal is spayed or neutered.
On the whole, animals who have been sterilized at an early age tend to live longer, healthier lives, potentially increasing their lifespans by up to five years.
Launched in 1995, World Spay Day is an annual campaign that aims to encourage people to save animal lives by spaying and neutering companion animals and feral cats. World Spay Day itself is celebrated annually on the fourth Tuesday in February, but the entire month of February is recognized as Spay/Neuter Awareness Month6.
Help reduce the number of animals that are euthanized every year. Add your name to the World Spay Day Pledge!