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Started in 1995 by Doris Day’s Animal League as Spay Day USA, World Spay Day is now an international event that has resulted in an estimated 1.5 million animals being spayed/neutered since its induction – preventing countless unwanted litters and reducing euthanasia in animal shelters.
Of the estimated 6-8 million homeless animals in U.S. shelters, only about half are adopted each year – the rest are euthanized. Minnesota’s numbers for cats and dogs humanely euthanized due to overpopulations are approximately 90,000. Imagine that is more animals than a sold out Vikings game at the Metrodome! These are healthy, loving animals that would have made wonderful companions.
World Spay Day provides a unique opportunity for everyone who cares about animals to join together toward a common goal in a global effort to end the euthanasia and suffering of companion animals. Spaying/neutering is a permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for pets, feral cats, rabbits and other animals. By spaying/neutering, it ensures that those animals will not produce offspring to add to the millions of already unwanted animals.
What can you do to help? The solution starts with everyone taking one small step by getting your own pet spayed or neutered. Then sharing this information with family and friends and asking them to do the same.
Finally, if you are looking for a new pet, consider adopting your next pet from an animal shelter and giving a unwanted pet a forever home. And always remember to be a part of the solution – promote spay/neuter!