February 23 Is National Spay Your Pet Day In The United States

Jerry WalchStarred Page By Jerry Walch, 18th Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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John Quincy Adams, 6th president of the United States, said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” By Adam's definition of a leader or any other definition, The Doris Day Animal League became a leader in the fight for humane treatment of animals when it organized the first Spay Day USA in 1995.

The problem of overpopulation.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reports that all it takes is seven years for one cat and her offspring to produce 420, 000 cats. One dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in just six years. Only a small percentage of these cats and dogs will ever find its way into a loving home. Each year, eight to ten million cats and dogs enter shelters in the United States and about 50 percent of those animals are humanely euthanized. Humanely euthanized is a misnomer because there is nothing humane about euthanizing a perfectly healthy animal. The Doris Day Animal League had that in mind when they organized that first Spay Day USA in 1995.

Low cost spaying and neutering

Spay Day USA offers low cost spaying and neutering of companion animals by participating veterinarians and veterinarian clinics. On Spay Day USA, there are no restrictions on who can have their companion animals spayed or neutered for a fraction of what the surgical procedure normally costs. Normally, the typical cost to neuter a dog is $45 - $110 and the cost to spay a dog is $50 - $175. The normal cost to spay a cat is $100 - $200, and the cost of neutering is $50 - $100. Low income family can have their companion animals spayed or neutered at an even lower rate based on a sliding scale based on their income.

Do not have a cat of your own? Bring in a stray cat and have it spayed or neutered for as little as $10.

How to participate in a Spay Day USA event

Unfortunately, Spay Day Events are not available in all areas of the US at the present time. To find out if there is an event being held in your area, go here. If there is an event being held in your area, fill out the online application and a certificate will be sent to a participating veterinarian. The name of the veterinarian will be sent to you and you will male an appointment with that vet and pay the vet the discounted fee at the time of the appointment.

What if there is no event being held in your area?

Spay USA has over 8000 affordable spay/neuter programs with over 7000 participating veterinarians but they need more veterinarians to come on-board. Spay USA needs your help to make the programs available in every area of the US. If there is not an event being held in your area, talk to your veterinarian, explain the need for a Spay Day Event in the area and explain how participating in such an event will not only benefit the animals, but promote good will for and promote their practice. You can download free promotional material to use here.

Do your part to reduce overpopulation and the needless destruction of healthy animals. Have your companion animals spayed and neutered.

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Jerry Walch is a 71 year old freelance writer for hire living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been writing since the late 1970s, and writes for both the print and online media. He specializes in

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
18th Jan 2011 (#)

I hope those who can afford to spay or neuter there pet will do so on their own and NOT abuse something that is intended for the lower income families, which may mean some pets are missed.
Please Spay and Neuter. Thanks Jerry for your article!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
18th Jan 2011 (#)

ooooo also tag with
low cost, cheap, discount

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author avatar Stable
18th Jan 2011 (#)

I wonder if they have this in the UK? Interesting article Jerry

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author avatar Angelique Newman
18th Jan 2011 (#)

Excellent article Jerry! It's amazing how fast our furry friends can populate. I'm tweeting your article so others will learn about Spay Day.

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author avatar TNT_Brian
18th Jan 2011 (#)

I've not heard of this happening in the UK, but it should, although it's not as huge a problem here as it is in US (yet). I think it's a very good idea though. Thanks for sharing Jerry

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author avatar Jerry Walch
18th Jan 2011 (#)

Thank you Angelique.

Thank you Brian.

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author avatar James R. Coffey
19th Jan 2011 (#)

In Florida, most animal clinics and shelters allow you to work for a day helping out around the place, in compensation you get a free spay or neutering.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
19th Jan 2011 (#)

Thanks for sharing that James. Valuable information for all our Floridian readers.

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author avatar Retired
20th Jan 2011 (#)

Another excellent piece of work.

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author avatar angelnjuly
20th Jan 2011 (#)

Wow! Another star page Jerry. Congratulations! I wish you and Denise will share to us wikinuters how to create a Star Page. Thanks for the info.

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author avatar Denise O
20th Jan 2011 (#)

Jerry, I saw a article the other day, as I was surfing the net and they stated that you shouldn't get your pet spayed until they're 2 years old, OMG! How outdated that info is. We also went by this info with Boo, given to us by our vet., yep that's how we got Max. We now know better now. Thank you for writing a article that needs to be spread around. I should send it to our old vet. LOL
Also, if we had not neutered Bugg, we would not have known his one testicle had not dropped and that can cause illness later on in years. Great cause my friend.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
20th Jan 2011 (#)

Denise, the internet abounds with misinformation and disinformation as-well-as good information, that's why everyone needs to check what they find at least three different ways before accepting it and using it.

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author avatar Margaret Michel
12th Jul 2014 (#)

Love the cat pics!!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
12th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks again Margaret.

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