We all know that February is the month of love and friendship – but did you know that February has been named Spay/Neuter Awareness Month as well? Show your affection for your pets by getting them spayed or neutered; you can help reduce the number of dogs and cats on the streets and in our shelters by spaying or neutering your pets.
Bringing our beloved pets to the vet to be spayed or neutered can be a difficult task for many pet owners. Some pet owners may view spaying or neutering as more harmful than beneficial for their furry companions, but the truth is that these procedures not only help our pets but the entire animal community.
World Spay Day (Feb. 28) is an international day of action to promote the sterilization of pets, community cats, and street dogs as a way to save animals’ lives. On this day and throughout the month of February, veterinary and animal welfare professionals, business owners, and concerned individuals join forces to spotlight spaying and neutering as the most effective and humane means of decreasing the number of homeless animals put down in shelters or living on the streets.
Why Spay/Neuter Awareness Month Is Important
It helps raise awareness among pet owners
Many pet owners don’t take their pets to be spayed or neutered because they feel like they are hurting their pets. In many cases, these dogs and cats will go on to parent litters of new kittens and puppies that inevitably contribute to the overpopulation and homelessness problem of dogs and cats in the United States. Spay/Neuter Awareness Month is a time to remind all pet owners that spaying and neutering are in the best interest of all animals.
Your pets will be healthier after being spayed or neutered
While it is easy to feel guilty while taking your pet to be neutered, just remember that your pet will actually enjoy a healthier life after being spayed or neutered. Cats and dogs who have been neutered are less likely to develop many fatal diseases and are less prone to engage in violent behavior.
It helps reduce the number of stray cats and dogs
Spay / Neuter Awareness Month is designed to help homeless animal shelters across the United States. If all pet owners do their part and make sure their pets are neutered, the staggering number of animals in homeless shelters will decrease.
Click here to find out more from Tulare County Animal Services (TCAS) about the benefits of spaying or neutering your pets.
To support TCAS via Friends of Tulare County, visit https://friendsoftularecounty.org/english/programs/animal-services-spay-neuter/. Donations to the Animal Services Spay/Neuter Fund help provide reduced-cost spay/neuter vouchers and help bring mobile spay/neuter clinics to small communities with no access to veterinary care. Be a part of the solution with your donation to the Spay/Neuter Fund!
You can reach Tulare County Animal Services at (559) 636-4050 or visit them at 14131 Avenue 256 in Visalia.