Meowy Monday – World Spay Day

February is recognized as Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and the fourth Tuesday in February is World Spay Day. This is a good time to get your own pet spayed or neutered, and gather up those outside cats that hang around your place (you can borrow humane traps from your local shelters) and take them to be spayed or neutered. Many communities have free spay/neuter clinics. Check those in your area and take this important step to protect your pets and future litters.

In honor of World Spay Day and Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, many veterinarians and humane organizations offer free or discounted spay days. If you’re already a supporter of spaying and neutering our pets, take it upon yourself to educate others. Talk to people you know who are unfamiliar with the concept of spaying or neutering pets for healthier and longer life for their pet.

If you are brave enough to crusade for spaying-neutering, consider arming yourself with the alarming statistics focusing on the number of unwanted cats and dogs that are euthanized every year—dare I say, every day. Help nonbelievers to see the bigger picture than can be found in their excuses—such as, “Kittens are so cute.” “Having a litter of kittens teaches my children about reproduction,” “I don’t want my precious cat/dog to go through that surgery,” “What are three or four more puppies going to hurt?”

The statistics are daunting. Here’s what I found: There are 5 million cats and kittens in shelters in America alone, waiting to be adopted, and over 70 million cats and kittens living in the wild—in colonies and on their own—abandoned, forgotten, unloved.  Millions of them are euthanized each year.

If that isn’t incentive enough, I don’t know what is.


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