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February 24, 2010

Spay by Spay, Ending Pet Overpopulation

Yesterday, Spay Day celebrated its sweet sixteen. Legendary animal advocate and movie icon Doris Day founded the annual campaign in 1995 to highlight the importance of saving animal lives by spaying or neutering.

Feb. 23 Spay Day-themed MUTTS comic strip
© 2010 Patrick McDonnell. Posted by special permission of King Features Syndicate
Yesterday's MUTTS™ comic strip by HSUS board member Patrick
McDonnell celebrated Spay Day in newspapers nationwide (full size).

Animal advocates organized more than 600 events nationwide around Spay Day 2010, with local animal shelters, spay/neuter clinics, veterinarians, and others providing spay/neuter services, raising funds for that purpose, and educating the community about the importance of sterilization as a means of reducing euthanasia. Thanks to the Doris Day Animal Foundation, The HSUS distributed grants to 11 statewide referral services across the country to spay or neuter pets whose families could not otherwise afford it. And internationally, there were 80 events hosted in 43 countries. You can see a broader list of events here.

To help advance the cause of spay or neuter on an ongoing basis, be sure to submit a photo to our Spay Day Online Pet Photo Contest—the deadline to enter is this Friday. You then have until March 4 (next Thursday) to gather votes for your pet or to add votes to your favorite contest photos, with all funds raised supporting spay/neuter work and local animal care organizations.

And to have a more direct impact, I have a special Spay Day challenge for you: If you have a friend, family member or neighbor who has an unaltered pet, please encourage them to have their animals spayed or neutered. With between 3-4 million cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies currently put down each year in America, this is still a crisis situation. Our new spay/neuter flyers and PSA can help you spread the message.

Please think about helping to organize a Spay Day event in your community in 2011. Pet overpopulation and the euthanasia that results is a problem we can solve.

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