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World Spay Day (Feb 27)


World Spay Day is a global event that aims to raise awareness about the benefits of spaying and neutering pets and to encourage people to take action to prevent pet overpopulation. It is held on the last Tuesday of February every year, which is February 27th, 2024.

Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures that prevent animals from reproducing. They can help reduce the number of unwanted animals that end up in shelters or on the streets, where they may face disease, starvation, abuse, or euthanasia.



"It might sound harsh, but the truth is, that failing to spay and neuter dogs and cats is responsible for millions of unwanted animals living on the streets without homes or food or being killed in shelters all over the world." source

According to the Humane Society of the United States, an estimated 6.5 million animals enter U.S. animal shelters every year, and about 1.5 million of them are euthanized.

Spaying and neutering can also improve the health and behavior of pets. They can lower the risk of certain cancers and infections, such as mammary tumors, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, and pyometra. They can also reduce aggression, roaming, marking, and other undesirable behaviors that are related to the mating instinct.


World Spay Day was started in 1995 by actress and animal activist Doris Day and her organization, the Doris Day Animal League. Since then, it has grown into a worldwide movement that involves hundreds of events and thousands of participants in over 40 countries. Some of the activities include spay/neuter clinics, educational campaigns, fundraisers, adoption events, and more.

If you want to get involved in World Spay Day, you can do so by:

- Spaying or neutering your pets or helping someone else do so.

- Donating to or volunteering for a spay/neuter program in your area.

- Sharing information and resources about spay/neuter on social media using the hashtag #worldspayday.

- Advocating for spay/neuter policies and legislation in your community.


By participating in World Spay Day, you can make a difference for animals and people alike. You can help save lives, improve health, and promote responsible pet ownership!


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