Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | February 21, 2008

Spay Day USA

Bell - Author of Week

Bell - Author of Week

As I sit in the Second Chance Shelter waiting for my new family to come and find me, I see far too many homeless animals also waiting for their second chance. My name is Bell and I am a loving Tortoise Shell beauty with an even more beautiful personality. From my viewpoint it is clear there are more pets in this region than there are homes. Thus the focus of this week’s column: “Spay Day USA”.

This internationally recognized day, which, since 1995 has been marked on the last Tuesday of February, (thus February 26th this year) is America’s first and only national day of action to promote the spaying or neutering of pets. (As a side note, the success of this day has spread to other countries as well, such as Argentina, Australia, Canada, Korea, Mexico & Ireland.) During Spay Day, now marked by spay/neuter events and education also throughout the month, veterinary clinics, humane organizations, businesses, and concerned citizens all across the country join forces toward a common purpose.

The purpose of Spay Day is threefold:

<!–[if !supportLists]–>· <!–[endif]–>To raise public awareness of the pet overpopulation problem.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>· <!–[endif]–>To promote spay/neuter surgery as a primary means of addressing companion animal overpopulation.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>· <!–[endif]–>To inspire each humane citizen to take personal responsibility for preventing the births of surplus litters by sponsoring the spay/neuter of at least one companion animal or feral cat.

Concerned community members can participate in Spay Day in a variety of ways, below are a few suggestions from Second Chance:

1. Spay/neuter your pets.

2. If needed, get financial help so that your pets can be spayed/neutered. The Second Chance Spay/Neuter Program is designed for this purpose. As a pet-owning resident of San Miguel or Ouray County, if finances are preventing you from getting your pet altered, you can contact Second Chance for a spay/neuter voucher to help cover a large portion of the expense for this surgery.

3. Sponsor the spay/neuter of other pets through donations to the Second Chance Spay/Neuter Program.

4. Become an advocate for spay/neuter through developing a full understanding of the numerous physical and behavioral benefits to a spayed/neutered pet as discussed regularly in this column and posted on the Second Chance website – address below. You can also volunteer in the Second Chance Community Outreach Program and become an educator/presenter of the spay/neuter philosophy.

The Humane Society of the United States is the primary promoter of Spay Day and they state that “During Spay Day USA’s first 13 years, participants spayed or neutered an estimated 1,387,000 animals! When you consider that an unspayed cat can give birth to 18 kittens each year and an unspayed dog can give birth to 20 puppies each year, and that the average cost for shelters to handle each homeless animal is $176, it’s clear that Spay Day USA participants have, potentially, prevented millions of surplus births and saved millions of taxpayers’ dollars.”

As the SCHS the Spay Day USA Ambassador, and a gentle being who only wants a home of my own, I strongly encourage you to make a difference this coming week…

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter Voucher Program, Volunteer & Foster Care, or other pet questions. For more information on SCHS, or to visit our shelter pets online, go to: www.secondchancehumanesociety.org. Responses or question regarding a Pet Column can be sent to: vol-ed@secondchancehumanesociety.org

 

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