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February 26, 2008

Day to Spay

Today is Spay Day USA, and it's our biggest series of events and promotions urging people to spay and neuter pets as a means of reducing and eventually eliminating euthanasia of healthy and adoptable animals. This year's Spay Day—which is really spread over a month's time and is a product of our union with the Doris Day Animal League, which originally hatched the annual celebration and call to action—includes more than 500 gatherings, such as the “Love without Litters” discounted spay/neuter clinic in Oklahoma City, a mobile clinic in rural Texas that will provide 50 cat neuters for 50 cents each, and a number of international events, as well.

MUTTS Spay Day USA 2008 strip
MUTTS © 2008 Patrick McDonnell
Today's MUTTS strip and spay/neuter cause
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at Humane Domain honor Spay Day.

It is a tragedy that there are nearly 4 million dogs and cats killed in shelters each year. We can never be complacent about it, and that's what Spay Day USA is about.

I am in Los Angeles today and just appeared at a press conference with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, game show legend and renowned animal advocate Bob Barker, Los Angeles Animal Services General Manager Ed Boks, and others to announce the signing of a city ordinance promoting spaying and neutering. At the event, Los Angeles City Council members Richard Alarcón and Tony Cardenas—two outstanding leaders on humane issues—made powerful and compelling statements about the importance of Spay Day USA and the path-breaking nature of the ordinance that they shepherded through the Council and on to the Mayor's desk. They brought me back to the full meeting of the City Council, briefly interrupted the proceedings, and allowed me to address the Council and say a few words about Spay Day USA. They also presented me with a beautiful, framed proclamation endorsing Spay Day USA. It takes a wide range of strategies to combat needless euthanasia and ordinances that push people in the direction of spay and neuter as a responsible part of pet care are a component of the overall formula for success.

To join in the celebration, please do not forget about our Spay Day USA pet photo contest. The contest runs through next Friday, March 7, so you still have plenty of time to put your pet in the running for a studio session with a premier pet photographer, a custom painting, and many other great prizes. You can also donate a spay or neuter surgery to a dog or cat in need today. To do so, click here.

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