Aanifeira Participates in The Humane Society’s World Spay Day Event 2012

Aanifeira is very proud to be participating for the second time around in The Humane Society’s World Spay Day 2012.   Based on the success of our participation in the 2011 World Spay Day event, we couldn’t turn down the opportunity of joining this admirable cause for 2012.

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization, backed by 11 million Americans.  They work tirelessly in helping animals through advocating for better laws for animal protection, conducting campaigns to reform industries; providing animal rescue and emergency response; investigating cases of animal cruelty; and caring for animals through our sanctuaries and wildlife rehabilitation centers, emergency shelters and clinics.

With the very serious dog and cat overpopulation problem, millions of animals are put down every year and iniciatives such as World Spay Day which goes worldwide in partnering with animal welfare organizations, veterinary professionals, businesses and individuals, is yet another way to draw attention to spay/neuter as the only future for all animals.  This problem needs to be addressed and the sooner the better.

So …..

What is World Spay Day?  World Spay Day is a day to shine a spotlight on spay/neuter as a proven means of saving the lives of companion animals, feral cats and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in a shelter or killed on the street.

Why World Spay Day?  Every year, millions of companion animals suffer and die in the United States and around the world.  The message of World Spay Day is that by spaying or neutering your pet, by supporting spay/neuter efforts in the United States and abroad, and by informing others of the importance of spay/neuter, you are an important part of the solution!

When is World Spay Day?  February 28th, 2012

Who is involved in World Spay Day?  World Spay Day is presented by The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International.

Our participation this year is with our event called “Aanifeira – Pound Rescue Spayday” which will cover the period from Feb 1st – 28th.  It was in late 2011 that Victor Barros, Aanifeira’s President, went to the local dog pound to sort out a situation there when to his surprise he came across three litters of nine puppies, two of which were still suckling from their mothers.  In all cases, mothers and puppies were extremely undernourished.

Not being able to turn his back on this situation and knowing that life could be very difficult living in a pound for such a large numbers of puppies, Victor immediately decided that he would take the 2 mothers and 27 puppies back to Aanifeira to take care of them as they deserved.

On arrival at Aanifeira, the new residents were greeted with open arms by staff and volunteers and each family group was quickly settled into their own kennel and given warm bedding, food and water.

AND SO ……  the population at Aanifeira grew in ONLY one day to having an additional 29 dogs!   Today, all puppies have been weaned and the two Mother dogs, Shine and Luana are in line for adoption.

Aanifeira’s participation in World Spay Day 2012 will be the commitment in spaying/neutering the pound mothers and puppies (total 29 animals) and from there they will all be put in the “ADOPT RESPONSIBLY” scheme.    This scheme screens future adoptees to ensure that animals are given good homes.  We’ll keep you posted on happenings!

Below are photos of our three families rescued from the local pound.

Mother 'Shine' and her 9 puppies

Mother Husky and her 9 puppies

9 black puppies

About Aanifeira

Aanifeira – Associação dos Amigos dos Animais de Santa Maria da Feira is a non-profit/ no-kill organization with around 400 abandoned dogs and a small amount of cats in its care.
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10 Responses to Aanifeira Participates in The Humane Society’s World Spay Day Event 2012

  1. Mel Freer says:

    Thanks for participating in Blog the Change! Before I read your post I had no idea there was even a World Spay Day! Wow!

    Thank you for bringing attention to such an important issue. I believe that if more people spayed or neutered their dogs there would be less animals sitting in animal shelters waiting for homes and less euthanized each year in the US. I have never heard of your no-kill shelter, but I am totally impressed by what you guys do. I hope that World Spay Day is a wonderful day for your and your shelter. Thank you for educating us on not only the importance of spay/neuter, but sharing pictures of the dogs that need homes. If I could I would take Shine in a heartbeat. She is gorgeous. Those eyes!


  2. Tegan says:

    Howdy. 🙂 You commented: “spay/neuter as a proven means of saving the lives of companion animals, feral cats and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in a shelter or killed on the street.”
    Do you have any statistics that show a correlation between spay/neuter and shelter euthanasia rates? It seems to be a common idea that there IS a correlation, but I can’t find statistical data on it. Seeing you said ‘proven’, I’m hoping you have something I don’t know!

    • Aanifeira says:

      Thank you for your comment and forgive my delay in getting back to you. Firstly the comment that you quote below was taken from the Humane Society’s Spay Day page by me and we stand by this as the one of the most important things that need to be done in controlling the abandoned animal population.
      Although in our case in Portugal there are no statistics that show a correlation between spay/neuter and shelter euthanasia rates. It is a well known fact that by controlling the reproduction of dogs starting with a couple – 1 unspayed female and her mate, and all their offspring, plus the offspring’s puppies, if none are neutered or spayed this adds up to:
      2 litters per year / 2-8 puppies in each litter =
      1 year – 12
      2 years – 66
      3 years – 382
      4 years – 2,201
      5 years – 12,680
      reaching to an outstanding over 80.000.000 animals after 10 years!
      In countries where obligatory spay/neutering is enforced, there is a total control of the population and one doesn’t see abandoned animals on the streets as seen here in Portugal.
      It is regrettable that Portugal, being a member of the European Union, has not introduced any of these laws for obligatory spaying/neutering and until this is done, abandoned animals will continue to be seen everywhere and we will alwaysh overcrowded rescue shelters not able to accept any more animals, individual animal lovers looking after large dog and cat populations either at the homes or on the streets and local pounds capturing and euthanizing unwanted animals.
      We will do our best to join this cause e.g. joining the Humane Society’s Spay Day campaign during the month of February and Aanifeira’s policy is that no animal leaves our shelter without being spayed or neutered.
      Thank you again for your comment and interest in Aanifeira.

  3. KimT says:

    The Humane Society does so much important work on behalf of animals, and Spay Day is an excellent cause! With the problems caused by pet overpopulation, just decreasing the numbers of new ones brought into a world that has no home to offer them is a worthy goal. Spaying and neutering surely helps us in this regard. What wonderful work you do for the animals! Best wishes (and good homes) for the moms and all their pups –

    Thank you for blogging and being the change for animals!
    Kim Thomas
    CindyLu’s Muse

    • Aanifeira says:

      Thank you Kim! Your words are appreciated and we will continue our work 110% behind this belief that Spaying/Neutering is the best process for animals of the future.

  4. Kim Clune says:

    What an amazing story and what lucky, lucky dogs! I wanted you to know that, thanks to your post, we’ll be covering World Spay Day on BTC4animals.com for the week starting on February 20th. If it weren’t for you, we might not have heard of it. Much appreciation.

    Thank you!
    Kim C.

  5. Vicki Cook says:

    What a wonderful cause! World Spay Day is extremely important in making people aware of the need to spay/neuter their animals. Thank you for participating in Blog the Change Day – I look forward to your updates on placing the mothers and their babies.

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