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February 22, 2013

HSI/Canada Celebrates the Launch of World Spay Day in Quebec

Humane Society International/Canada

  • World Spay Day takes place on the last Tuesday of February: Join this global event. istockphoto

MONTREAL — Humane Society International Canada is pleased to announce the launch of World Spay Day in Quebec. In partnership with the Quebec Association of Veterinarians for Small Animals, the province is joining the annual global campaign to promote spaying and neutering as a proven, effective means of preventing pet overpopulation and saving animals’ lives.

“Unfortunately, tens of thousands of healthy dogs and cats are euthanized each year in Quebec because homes for these animals are not found,” said Ewa Demianowicz, campaigner for HSI/Canada. “Spaying and neutering pets is a small but important step each of us can take to address pet overpopulation by preventing unwanted litters.”

“We first of all wish that this day is a unifying event where each of us in our own way and according to our own beliefs, can highlight the importance of targeted sterilization in Quebec,” said Dr. Chantal Allinger, president of the AMVQ. “By reducing the number of cats and dogs able to reproduce we will reduce, to some extent, the unacceptable number of abandoned animals.”

World Spay Day, takes place on the last Tuesday of February, which is Spay/Neuter Awareness month. La Journée nationale de la stérilisation animale au Québec will celebrate and implement this important campaign in Quebec with events across the province, including low or no cost spay/neuter clinics for targeted communities, educational campaigns and contests. For the occasion, animal welfare organizations, veterinary clinics, municipalities and individuals are coming together in an effort to promote sterilization.

To find a World Spay Day event near you, visit worldspayday.org. To learn more about La Journée nationale de la stérilisation animale au Québec, visit sterilisationanimalequebec.ca.

Background:                            

  • World Spay Day, which is organized globally by Humane Society International and Humane Society of the United States provides a unique opportunity for everyone who cares about animals to come together towards a common goal – a global, united solution to end the euthanasia, suffering and homelessness of companion animals.
  • Founded as Spay Day USA in 1995 by the Doris Day Animal League, the program has grown to include participants in 45 countries.
  • Hundreds of World Spay Day events are taking place throughout the month of February.
  • Since Spay Day’s inception, it is estimated that the campaign has helped spay or neuter more than one and a half million animals.

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Media Contact: Dean Pogas, 514.395.2914, dpogas@humanesociety.org

Humane Society International Canada is a leading force for animal protection, with active programs in companion animals, wildlife and habitat protection, marine mammal preservation, farm animal welfare and animals in research. HSI/Canada is proud to be a part of Humane Society International which, together with its partners, constitutes one of the world’s largest animal protection organizations. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide – on the Web at hsicanada.ca

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