Every year, hundreds of thousands of animals are abandoned. Some of them are dropped off at a shelter, where, if they're lucky, they find a forever home. Others are left to fend for themselves in a world full of dangers.
For this, there is a solution. In recent days, we have heard from area humane societies and veterinary clinics asking that we raise awareness of the Humane Society of the United States' World Spay Day. Obviously, we agreed; but not just because we were asked. Spaying and neutering of animals just make good sense.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, spaying or neutering your pet can help it live a healthier, longer life. Among the benefits are:
Prevention of certain undesirable behaviors
Reduction of risk of certain types of cancer
Lowering the likelihood that animals will want to roam
Most importantly, it reduces the overpopulation of animals.
Our area humane societies do an excellent job of caring for and adopting out animals. However, there are times when they are filled to capacity.
World Spay Day is traditionally marked on the last Tuesday in February, but the entire month is designated as Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. There's no better time to do your pet, family and community a favor by scheduling an appointment for your pet's procedure.