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World Spay Day is the first and only international day of action to promote the spaying or neutering of pets, community cats and street dogs to save animals’ lives. On World Spay Day and throughout the month of February—Spay/Neuter Awareness Month—veterinary and animal welfare professionals, business owners and concerned individuals join forces to shine a spotlight on spay/neuter as the most effective and humane means of decreasing the number of homeless animals put down in shelters or living on the street.

Nationwide, 87% of cats and dogs kept as pets in the U.S. are spayed or neutered. However, in underserved U.S. communities where resources are severely limited or nonexistent, 91% of cats and dogs are unaltered. Of the 30-40 million community cats in the U.S., only about 2% are spayed or neutered. Outside of the U.S., there are approximately 300 million dogs living on the street—many born as the result of unaltered, free-roaming pets—and at risk of inhumane population control methods. World Spay Day draws attention to these areas of greatest need and encourages people to get involved to help solve the problem.

Cats and dogs are homeless everywhere.

In every community, in every state, in every country.

There are so many homeless pets; animal protection organizations and shelters simply don’t have the space or resources to provide care or find homes for them all.