Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | January 28, 2009

Participate in Spay Day USA

Roscoe says - Spay/Neuter Your Pet!!!

Roscoe says - Spay/Neuter Your Pet!!!

The 15th annual Spay Day USA is Feb. 24, 2009 and Second Chance Humane Society has obtained special funding to boost its Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance Program for the entire month of February.  Qualifying pet owners can get the spay/neuter surgeries for their pets fully covered and thus become participants in the campaign to end the devastating problem of homeless pets.

 Pet parents within the Second Chance service region of Ouray and San Miguel Counties can contact Second Chance for a voucher that will cover the full cost of spay/neuter surgeries.  This offer exists on a first come – first serve basis until funding is exhausted.  Surgeries must be performed in the month of February to qualify (after which the Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance Program will return to its regular coverage available throughout the year in which a portion of the surgery expense is reimbursed rather than the total).  Please contact the Second Chance Shelter for details at 626.2273.

 Spay Day USA is an annual campaign of The Humane Society of the United States to inspire people to save animal lives by spaying or neutering pets and feral cats.  Spay Day 2008 resulted in over 32,000 pets being spayed/neutered across the Nation, and the prevention of hundreds of thousands of offspring from those pets.

 Four million cats and dogs-about one every eight seconds-are euthanized in U.S. shelters each year. Often these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets, including purebreds. Maybe someone’s cat or dog got out just that one time or maybe the litter was intentional, but efforts to find enough good homes failed. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats and a proven way to reduce the vast numbers of animals who are born only to die prematurely and without a family who loves them.

 Additionally, spaying/neutering of pets leads to many positive behavioral and health benefits for the pet, such as reducing its desire to roam, reducing the risk of ovarian or testicular cancers, decreasing aggressive behavior (particularly in males), and promoting longer and healthier lives of your pets.  Spaying and neutering also typically eliminates or significantly decreases a pet’s tendency toward marking (urinating in/around the house and neighborhood to “mark” territory).


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

3.  Become an advocate for spay/neuter and volunteer in the Second Chance Community Outreach Program as an educator of the spay/neuter philosophy.

 Second Chance thanks The Humane Society of the United States, The Foundation for the Protection of Animals, and Spay Colorado for making possible this special February funding opportunity of its Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance Program.

 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 Financial Assistance, Volunteer & Foster Care, or other Programs.  Visit our shelter pets online:  Questions for next week’s column can be sent to:

Photo by Real Life Photographs


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