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February 21, 2011

Spay Day 2011 Celebrates 17 Years with More Than 700 Events Worldwide

Spay Day is Tuesday, February 22

Humane Society International

The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, in partnership with the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, are proudly celebrating the 17th annual Spay Day this Tuesday, Feb. 22. Spay Day is an annual campaign designed to highlight the importance of saving animal lives by spaying or neutering pets and feral cats.

Spay Day is celebrated on the last Tuesday in February. On Spay Day 2011 and throughout the month of February, The HSUS links together hundreds of events to create a wave of spay/neuter activity and awareness across the world. Spay Day provides a unique opportunity for everyone who cares about animals to join together toward a common goal – a comprehensive global, united effort to end the euthanasia and suffering of companion animals.

More than 700 events are scheduled to take place this year in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three U.S. territories, as well as 46 other countries. Animal welfare organizations, veterinary professionals and others will be hosting events in their communities, providing much-needed services to families with pets and raising awareness in their communities about the importance of spaying and neutering. Events include low and no-cost spay/neuter clinics, providing life-saving veterinary services for low-income families, fundraisers to benefit spay/neuter programs, and educational efforts spreading the message about the importance of spaying and neutering pets. For more information about Spay Day 2011 and to locate an event near you, visit humanesociety.org/spayday.

In addition, newspapers nationwide will carry a special Spay Day-themed MUTTS™ comic strip by creator and HSUS board member Patrick McDonnell.

Between 3 million and 4 million cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies are put down in the U.S. each year, and millions more suffer in the streets worldwide. Spay Day shines a spotlight on spay/neuter as a means of reducing the number of homeless pets who must be euthanized. “Spaying and neutering can help prevent the suffering and death of millions of pets each year,” says Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. “By spaying or neutering your pet, you can be an important part of the solution and save the lives of animals in your community.”

More than one million pets have been spayed or neutered in conjunction with Spay Day since it was founded by the Doris Day Animal League in 1995. "It is so exciting to be celebrating the 17th annual Spay Day,” said legendary performer Doris Day, the founder of Spay Day. “As in previous years, my foundation has issued a special grant to enable animal guardians in regions that can benefit from the extra help to have their animals spayed or neutered. We're proud of this program and so gratified by the number of lives and taxpayer dollars that have been saved over the years.”

Spay Day 2011 is being sponsored by The Pet Protector, Flex Pet, Thundershirt, and Allstate Leasing, all of which are offering special deals and free samples to Spay Day participants.



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