Cats and dogs are homeless everywhere.
In every community, in every state, in every country.
There are so many homeless pets; animal protection organizations and shelters simply don’t have the space or resources to provide care or find homes for them all.
An estimated 2.4 million healthy and treatable cats and dogs are put down in U.S. shelters each year. That’s one every 13 seconds. These are sweet pets who would have made great companions. Internationally, millions of stray animals roam the streets. Too often, governments deal with this overpopulation through cruel means, such as poisoning, electrocution and shooting.
Spay/neuter is an effective and humane way to save animals’ lives. Spaying (for females) and neutering (for males) are common surgeries veterinarians perform to stop animals from having accidental, surplus litters. A FDA-approved technique for dogs called zinc neutering, also performed by a veterinarian but administered via an injection (a shot), is now available in many places. Preventing litters reduces the number of animals for whom resources are not available.
Most people support spay/neuter, especially once they understand how it saves lives. However, affordable services are out of reach for many pet owners, and funding is always needed to spay and neuter community (feral and stray) cats and street dogs.
You can make a big difference for animals by participating in World Spay Day. Learn where there are underserved areas in your community, and raise awareness for the need for services—or of the availability of existing resources (U.S. l International) by organizing an event (U.S. l International) or activity. Use social media to spread the word about the power of spay/neuter. And help raise critical funds (U.S. l International) to spay and neuter those animals most in need.