World Spay Day is an annual campaign of The HSUS, Humane Society International and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. On the last Tuesday of every February, World Spay Day shines a spotlight on the power of affordable, accessible spay/neuter to save the lives of companion animals, community (feral and stray) cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in shelters or killed on the street. The 22nd annual World Spay Day is February 23, 2016. Join PAWS and help spread the message!
In every community, in every state, there are homeless animals. In the U.S., there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. Barely half of these animals are adopted. Tragically, the rest, nearly 4 million cats and dogs annually, are euthanized. These are healthy, sweet pets who would have made great companions.
Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100 percent effective, method of birth control for dogs and cats.
In addition to the humane aspect of spaying and neutering companion animals, there are several other benefits, both for them, for our communities, and for the families of neutered animals.
A USA Today (May 7, 2013) article cites that pets who live in the states with the highest rates of spaying/neutering also live the longest.
Unneutered dogs are much more assertive and prone to urine-marking (lifting his leg) than neutered dogs. Although it is most often associated with male dogs, females may do it, too. Spaying or neutering your dog should reduce urine-marking and may stop it altogether.
For cats, the urge to spray is extremely strong in an intact cat, and the simplest solution is to get yours neutered or spayed by 4 months of age, before there's even a problem. Neutering solves 90 percent of all marking issues, even in cats that have been doing it for a while. It can also minimize howling, the urge to roam, and fighting with other males.
Other behavioral problems that can be ameliorated by spay/neuter include:
1) Roaming, especially when females are "in heat."; 2) Aggression: Studies also show that most dog bites involve dogs who are unaltered; 3) Excessive barking, mounting, and other dominance-related behaviors.
When you factor in the long-term costs potentially incurred by a non-altered pet, the savings afforded by spay/neuter are also clear. Caring for a pet with reproductive system cancer can easily run into the thousands of dollars?five to ten times as much as a routine spay surgery.
Additionally, unaltered pets can be more destructive or high-strung around other dogs. Serious fighting is more common between unaltered pets of the same gender and can incur high veterinary costs.
So, please join us in our mission to end the needless killing of homeless companion animals in Southern Illinois, and across the U.S. Do the responsible and honorable thing for them, for your family, and for your community. Spay or neuter your pets!
Meanwhile, if you see a companion animal in need, in trouble, or suffering, please, please call someone before it?s too late for them. Call your local animal control office, the police, the Sheriff?s Dept., and let us know, too. It IS your business if an innocent being who cannot speak for himself needs your help!
Spay/Neuter/Adopt companion animals and keep PAWS in mind. Call or write to us at 139 E. Vienna St., Anna, IL, 62906; ph: 618-833-DOGS (3647); pawspaws.org; and facebook.com/PAWSAnna.