Today, Feb. 25, is World Spay Day 2014!
Happy World Spay Day! We’re working with the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International and other organizations to get the word out that spaying and neutering saves lives — and you can help!
Through the end of February, animal organizations are hosting low-cost spay/neuter events in an effort to sterilize a total of 60,000 pets, feral cats and street dogs around the world. Find a low-cost spay/neuter event near you.
You can help spread the word! Here are some easy ways to raise awareness:
- Find a low-cost spay/neuter event happening in your area and share it on Facebook, Twitter and your other social networks.
- Add a World Spay Day 2014 Spay/Neuter Counter Widget to your website. Simply embed this code: <iframe width=”241″ height=”385″ src=”https://worldspayday.org/widget/widget.asp” frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” allowfullscreen></iframe> (Learn more about how the counter works here.)
- Volunteer at a spay/neuter event! Organizations near you may need volunteers to check in clients, monitor recovering animals, staff information tables, or help spread the word. Learn more about volunteering at spay/neuter events.
After dogs and cats, rabbits are the companion-animal species most likely to end up in U.S. shelters.
One of the 367 dogs rescued from a multistate dog-fighting ring (Photo: ASPCA)
When 367 dogs were rescued from a multistate dog-fighting ring last month, a Petfinder Foundation-funded truck and trailer helped the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA and other agencies save their lives.
“We couldn’t have done it without that equipment,” Shannon Walajtys, IFAW’s animal rescue program manager for disaster response, tells us.
The Petfinder Foundation granted the truck and trailer to IFAW in 2007, just after Hurricane Katrina struck.
IFAW Animal Rescue Officer Jennifer Gardner says the truck proved essential when HSUS asked IFAW to travel from Cape Cod, Mass., to Georgia to assist with the dog-fighting bust.
“The truck was one of three animal-rescue rigs that were integral in our support of HSUS,” Gardner says.
The rescued dogs had been subjected to extreme heat without fresh water or food. (Photo: ASPCA)
The truck and 36-foot trailer were loaded with field equipment and also offered a refuge for first responders. “It was that go-to vehicle that had the first-aid kits, the coolers with water and Gatorade, the fruits and vegetables we brought for responders. It was the place for people to take a five-minute break when they needed to after being on the crime scene,” Walajtys says.
Walajtys says the 367 seized dogs have been moved to temporary shelters and that IFAW will continue to assist HSUS and the ASPCA as needed on the case. Meanwhile, the Petfinder Foundation’s truck and trailer have moved on to their next assignment with IFAW.
“It’s been demobilized and sent to Mississippi,” Gardner says, “so it can be ready and staged during the hurricane season.”
The Petfinder Foundation truck is ready for its next lifesaving IFAW assignment. (Photo: IFAW)