What Is World Spay Day All About?

Often overlooked, the last Tuesday of each February marks World Spay Day. Now you may be thinking, why do we have “World Spay Day” anyways? Well, in short - millions of dogs and cats are euthanized each year due to shelter overcrowding. This is, in part, caused by the overpopulation of companion animals across the world as a result of not spaying/neutering pets. World Spay Day helps to spread awareness about this issue and educate the public on the importance of spaying/neutering pets.

 

In Los Angeles, it is mandatory to spay/neuter your pet, and all dogs brought to Wags and Walks are spayed/neutered if they were not already. By doing so, we help lower the chance that even more dogs end up in already overcrowded animal shelters, which aids in our mission of saving as many dogs as we can. It also helps to take the spay/neuter burden off of our potential adopters, and we are lucky to have so many great vets and fosters who care for our pups while they are in recovery.

Our sweet girl Honey (available for adoption!), found herself pregnant and at a high kill shelter. Luckily she and her newborn pups were rescued, and she  is now with Wags and Walks looking for her forever home. Before heading there, she will be spayed and microchipped to ensure her health and safety!

Our sweet girl Honey (available for adoption!), found herself pregnant and at a high kill shelter. Luckily she and her newborn pups were rescued, and she  is now with Wags and Walks looking for her forever home. Before heading there, she will be spayed and microchipped to ensure her health and safety!

Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Your Pets

Often seen as a financial burden or unnecessary procedure, spaying/neutering your dog actually has significant long-term benefits. The most well known of which is the impact of spay/neuter initiatives on reducing pet homelessness and thus lowering euthanization rates across the world. After all, many people don’t even realize that most of the dogs we find in animal shelters started out as family pets or were born from beloved family pets.

This is Eleanor, she and her siblings are looking for their forever homes. She is an extremely playful and happy little pup who is spayed, microchipped and completely up-to-date on vaccines! See Eleanor.

This is Eleanor, she and her siblings are looking for their forever homes. She is an extremely playful and happy little pup who is spayed, microchipped and completely up-to-date on vaccines! See Eleanor.

In addition, spaying or neutering your dog could actually help your pup live a longer, healthier life by lowering or entirely eliminating your dog’s chance of developing certain life-threatening cancers and infections, such as prostate or ovarian cancer. Also, spaying/neutering your dog can decrease your pet’s long-term healthcare costs and even reduce those behavioral issues associated with the mating instinct.

Handsome Henry (available for adoption!) is a very healthy 8 year old German Shepherd mix; he is neutered, and he is a loyal companion who responds very well to commands. Henry is looking for his forever home where he can spend many more years hiking and playing.

Handsome Henry (available for adoption!) is a very healthy 8 year old German Shepherd mix; he is neutered, and he is a loyal companion who responds very well to commands. Henry is looking for his forever home where he can spend many more years hiking and playing.

So, while that little cone your pup has to wear is a temporary nuisance, the pros of spaying/neutering your dog outweigh the brief period he/she must endure the “cone of shame”. To help you make an informed decision, organizations like the ASPCA, American Humane Society and American Veterinary Medical Association provide extensive research and information on the pros/cons of spaying/neutering.

Heartly just got spayed last week in preparation to go to her forever family! She isn't a big fan of her cone of shame.

Heartly just got spayed last week in preparation to go to her forever family! She isn't a big fan of her cone of shame.

“Happy World Spay Day!” may not be a common conversation starter, but spreading the knowledge of its benefits and impacts could help save dogs across the world. As more awareness is raised, more resources are put towards increasing the number of low-cost (and safe) spay/neuter clinics opened across America, which makes it easier for all pet owners to affordably and safely spay/neuter their dogs.

Happy World Spay Day from the Wags and Walks humans and pups. The little cutie pictured above is Hugo, a 6 month old Maltese who is neutered and ready to join his new family at his forever home! Read Hugo’s story here.

Happy World Spay Day from the Wags and Walks humans and pups. The little cutie pictured above is Hugo, a 6 month old Maltese who is neutered and ready to join his new family at his forever home! Read Hugo’s story here.

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XO,
Team Wags