In case you didn’t know, today, February 28th, is WORLD SPAY DAY and many animal welfare shelters, associations and foundations have joined forces over this past month to increase awareness of the importance of spaying/neutering a pet.

For all those who haven’t yet spayed or neutered your animal then its time to take the step and do it and here are the many positive reasons why:-

  • Around the world thousands of animals are born on the streets and as a result of this they suffer terrible consequences, such as being killed by cars, starvation, cruelty or if caught, to be euthanized by local pounds.
  • Shelters around the world are simply spilling over with an excess of animals and those that are caught often face an extremely dim future of never finding an owner.
  • Spaying and neutering can eliminate an animal’s chance of contracting several cancers that are expensive to treat and often fatal i.e. uterine, ovarian and testicular cancer.
  • Finally sterilizing an animal will reduce the mating urge, aggression and marking of territory.

The Humane Society International runs a fantastic month-long campaign in promoting World Spay Day around the world in giving, not only U.S. shelters but international shelters an opportunity of joining this cause.   They promote with media,  a Pet Photo Contest and provide excellent backup support material for shelters to work with in promoting this event.  Their Facebook page also attracts huge interest in helping to promote this event.

Aanifeira as a no-kill shelter, joined the Humane Society’s World Spay Day campaign for this month of February and has spayed and neutered a total of 29 dogs – 2 adults and 27 puppies saved from the local pound where these animals would have had little chance of finding homes and most likely have been euthanized.

They are all up for adoption at the shelter where Aanifeira staff promote responsible adoptions providing future adoptees with full information on their background.  Today these beautiful animals face a bright future and some, we are very happy to say, have already found homes!  We will be following up with all these stories over the next few weeks.

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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