November 20, 2009
Spay Day International 2008 Results
Humane Society International celebrated Spay Day International for the first time this year, inviting groups from all over the world to organize events aimed at humanely controlling the populations of cats and dogs in their communities and spreading the message that spay/neuter/vaccinate works!
Sixteen groups participated, reporting over 400 cats and dogs spayed and neutered, and countless people reached. Organizations shared their results, events and successes with us, as well as heartwarming stories and plans for future Spay Day International events. View a slideshow of activities.
Queens SPCA, Nova Scotia, Canada: The Queens SPCA held a county-wide drawing for free spays and neuters of dogs, cats and rabbits. The event, with financial support from a Member of the Lower Assembly, was promoted in the local newspaper and by local stores. Booths were placed in area supermarkets to offer information on being a responsible pet owner. In addition, Queens SPCA staff wrote an article for local newspaper The Advance on the importance of spay/neuter. http://members.petfinder.org/~NS02/Home.htm
Fundación Vidanimal, Cali, Colombia: Group representatives visited the headquarters of the Colombian Environmental Police to present posters promoting spay/neuter. Not only is such a display influential at a place of authority, but the education of local government officials will hopefully lead to the promulgation of the campaign message. Fundacion Vidanimal also distributed pamphlets and spoke with the public about the importance of pet sterilization. Fundación Vidanimal is an HSI Animal Advocate.
The Esther Honey Foundation, Cook Islands: Through a newspaper article titled "Spay Day will Save Lives" and a television interview with vet Dr. Vermaas, EHF encouraged people to bring in their pets for free sterilization, resulting in 127 surgeries and free flea and de-worming treatments. A local woman even brought her 25 cats to the clinic to be sterilized. "We have been offering free spay/neuter for more than 12 years," says Cathy Sue Ragan-Anunsen, EHF President and CEO. "But for some reason this campaign got her to finally come in!" EHF volunteer veterinarians visited 15 classrooms, reaching over 400 schoolchildren. www.estherhoney.org
Asociación De Amigos Por Los Animales De Sosúa, Puero Plata, Dominican Republic: Volunteer vet Dr. Susan Harvey and her assistants sterilized and vaccinated 105 dogs and cats and reached over 100 people with information on the importance of vaccinating and sterilizing their pets and supporting community initiatives to spay/neuter/vaccinate street animals. www.aaasosua.com
Lega Pro Animale, Italy: LPA distributed postcards promoting a spay/neuter clinic for cats and dogs and offering discounts on spay/neuter with the postcards and downloadable vouchers. The organization also designed a billboard promoting the clinic, which says "Is this animal rubbish? Improve prevention!" In one day of surgeries, a whopping 91 street cats were spayed/neutered! Lega Pro Animale is an HSI Animal Advocate.
Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Beirut, Lebanon: Despite political upheaval, BETA persevered to conduct a week-long spay/neuter program for local animals, recruiting Michigan veterinarian Dr. Bruce Langlois to spay/neuter its shelter animals and street animals, and provide training to local vets. One day alone, BETA sterilized 43 dogs! With all of the shelter animals now done, BETA is now able to offer more free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to those in need. www.betalebanon.org
Gente por la Defensa Animal, Mexico City, Mexico: GEPDA reached out to more than 2,000 people in the main square of Mexico City to provide information on the importance of sterilizing companion animals. A dozen volunteers, wearing t-shirts advocating their campaign, timed the event to correspond with a popular photography exhibit, augmenting the already heavy traffic through the square. "We started to receive emails from people that very day," says Maricarmen Garcia, GEPDA VP. www.gepda.org
Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre, Kathmandu, Nepal: Banners were hung on vehicles and 300 leaflets were distributed during daily stray dog round-ups in KAT's effort to promote Spay Day in Kathmandu Valley. Posters publicizing the campaign and three radio interviews featuring participating veterinarians and KAT staff directed the public to a discounted spay/neuter program offered by KAT and the Nepal Veterinary Practitioners' Association. KAT is an HSI Animal Advocate.
Philippine Animal Welfare Society, Quezon City, Phillippines: PAWS staff lectured to 100 students at the University of the Philippines on the benefits of spay/neuter—"a method of animal control not very well understood in the country," accordinging to Anna Hashim-Cabrera, PAWS Program Director. PAWS distributed flyers with the help of shelter cat, Palma, and shelter dog, Ely; Palma was adopted later that day! PAWS also supported a project at De la Salle University, where students designed spay/neuter posters for 16 area vet clinics; and conducted a free clinic resulting in the sterilization of 53 feral cats. PAWS is an HSI Animal Advocate.
Boksburg SPCA, South Africa: Aiming to sterilize over 2,000 animals from underprivileged homes by 2010, Boksburg SPCA is well on its way. Their Spay Day celebration included the sterilization of 25 dogs and several cats by their volunteer surgeon, the barefoot Dr. S! The organization has inspectors who routinely visit poor local communities to collect stray dogs and cats for spay/neuter. www.nspca.co.za
East London SPCA, South Africa: Volunteers sent animal welfare materials to local grade schools to add to their curriculum, and visited high schools to distribute pamphlets. East London SPCA vets invited local private vets to join them in sterilizing over 40 animals in indigent communities. The animals were also treated for fleas and ticks, and volunteers distributed information and vouchers for spay/neuter to pet owners. www.nspca.co.za
Johannesburg SPCA, South Africa: In less than two weeks, a team of vets, nurses and animal welfare assistants pulled together to organize clinics at which 80 animals from low-income areas were spayed/neutered! Animals were picked up from their communities and treated for fleas and ticks before being taken to the clinic for sterilization and vaccination. email@example.com
SPCA Paarl, South Africa: SPCA Paarl held nine low-cost/free spay/neuter clinics in February for surrounding indigent communities, resulting in 40 sterilizations. The organization also visited three schools to teach students about the benefits of spaying/neutering household pets. www.nspca.co.za
SPCA Swellendam, South Africa: With the support of the Hessequa Municipality and the Vetsol vet team, the SPCA was able hold a two-day event to enable pet owners who could not afford private veterinary treatment to inexpensively sterilize their pets. "A homeless man even brought four of his female dogs in for sterilization," remarks Jane Walker, Chairperson of SPCA Swellendam. "The spay/neuter blitz resulted in an amazing total of 65 dogs and cats sterilized. We had to turn some people away, and another blitz is required shortly!" www.nspca.co.za
Winelands SPCA, South Africa: Typically only able to sterilize 25 pets a month, Winelands boasts 47 spay/neuters in one day thanks to a volunteer veterinarian and mobile clinics. The group also set up an informational booth at a motorcycle rally, resulting in hundreds of signups for email alerts, as well as generous donations. "We even had a group of bikers alert us to an abandoned mother cat and kittens alongside a road nearby," says Sarah Ford of Winelands SPCA. "We immediately rescued them and they were soon adopted. This is why we must be everywhere—you never know when help may be needed!" www.spcawinelands.za.org
Fundación ASOGUAU Protección Animal, Naguanagua, Venezuela: Following outreach through billboards and thousands of brochures, ASOGUAU conducted a two-day event during which 10 veterinarians sterilized 60 cats. In addition, ASOGUAU offered free spay/neuters to neighboring animal welfare groups and conducted a meeting with other organizations to discuss new strategies for education and promotion of spay/neuter programs. Nathalie Castillo, president of ASOGUAU, indicated that the clinic would need to be repeated, as more owners and animals showed up than expected! firstname.lastname@example.org