February 26th is the 25th annual World Spay Day. According to the Humane Society, there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year in the United States. World Spay Day is a reminder to pet owners and the community that spaying and neutering animals is a major component of reducing pet overpopulation and homelessness.
There are health benefits to spaying and neutering your pets. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer. Neutering helps prevent testicular cancer, if the pet is neutered before six months of age. There are also behavioral benefits to spaying and neutering. For example, it reduces behaviors such as roaming, aggression and marking.
If you or someone you know would like to spay/neuter their pet there are many resources, including low cost clinics, available. Here are two searchable options for finding low cost clinics in your area from the Humane Society and ASPCA.