World Spay Day: Noble & Necessary
The suffering overpopulation brings is a serious and substantial problem for both dogs and cats. While we at the Siamese Cat Spot are primarily cat enthusiasts (particularly Siamese), we are passionate advocates of animal welfare in general.
Sadly, when companion animals, pets, or strays are not spayed or neutered, they do what’s natural and reproduce. The unfortunately wide-spread failure of either uninformed or simply irresponsible pet owners to sterilize their pets means that literally millions of unwanted cats and dogs are born every year.
These unwanted cats and dogs then either fend for themselves and eek out sparse, dangerous, painful livings as strays, or they are put in shelters of various sorts. And all too often cats and dogs that end up in shelters, despite the efforts of animal rescue workers and most often of the shelters themselves, are euthanized due to a lack of space and resources and the seemingly never-ending influx of new animals in need of loving homes.
Good News! It’s Preventable!
Happily, this is all preventable. Most people are well-meaning, and armed with the right information, most will see the need to spay or neuter their pets and help reduce the number of unwanted animals, and thereby help reduce overall animal suffering.
Effectively Spreading the Word
We have to be mindful of cultural, educational, financial, and age differences when spreading the word about the need for universal spaying and neutering of our pets (with the exception of responsible, licensed breeders, of course) if we hope to maximize the effect of our efforts to educate those who lack this knowledge. We risk galvanizing people against this important cause and contributing to animal suffering ourselves unless we take these common sense principles of human nature into account. We must remember: it’s not about us; it’s about our animal companions.
The Humane Society & World Spay Day
The Humane Society is doing great work in this area. They are spreading the word in innumerable ways, and right now especially through their World Spay Day campaign. Here is what they have to say about that:
Please visit the Humane Society website to learn more about how you can help with this campaign to raise awareness and reduce animal suffering:
Let’s Get It Done!
Thank you for taking the time to read this article. We hope that you either already have your pets spayed or neutered. If you don’t, we encourage you to do the right thing and get it done as soon as possible. And if you want to do more to help relieve the unnecessary suffering of animals, click here for the US or here outside the US to visit the Humane Society’s website and find an event in your area.
Happy Spay/Neuter Awareness Month!
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