Critters & Creatures

Save a Life! World Spay Day reminds owners to spay or neuter their pet

Did you know that dogs are 15 times and cats are 45 times more prolific as humans?

It’s because of this that as a responsible pet owner it’s your duty to ensure that your pets are spayed or neutered.

One of the best things pet owners can do for the well-being of their cats and dogs is to ensure they are sterilized at an early age.

To drive home the importance of this issue, the last Tuesday of February is recognized as World Spay Day. This day gives shelters and organizations an opportunity to highlight their spay and neutering programs while highlighting the importance of fixing pets.

World Spay Day was created by the Doris Animal League in 1995, and today it is recognized in 70 countries around the world.

One of the main reasons veterinarians and animal rescues need to promote the importance of sterilization is because if animals are not spayed or neutered, it contributes to the overpopulation of that animal in that region. When this happens, homeless cats and dogs are often neglected or die of disease or injury. More horrifically, however, these animals are euthanized or often killed by harsh means such as shooting or poisoning.

“You really need to ensure your animal is spayed or neutered to be able to live with them first of all and also to make sure they aren’t contributing to cat overpopulation,” said Bruce Roney, executive director of the Ottawa Humane Society.

Spaying and neutering is a humane way of reducing the number of animals living on the streets.

Sterilization also curbs undesirable hormone-related behaviours. Females no longer have heat cycles while males won’t spray, mark their territory or are less likely to fight with other males.

Spaying and neutering also have immense health benefits for cats and dogs and can reduce the chance of reproductive cancers or other diseases such as Pyometra or TVT.

In fact, according to the Humane Society International (HSI), sterilizing pets at an early age ensures that your cat or dog will live a longer and healthier life and could increase their life spans, one to three years for dogs and three to five years for cats.

According to the HSI, just some of the ways you can get involved with World Spay Day are by using the hashtag #WorldSpayDay, write letters to editors of your local papers to raise awareness, or raise money to subsidize the cost of sterilizations.

For more information on how to care for your cats pick up a copy of our March Madness issue out now.

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Mishall Rehman

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing in her new homeland Canada. She currently lives in Trenton, ON with her husband.

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