Four million cats and dogsabout one every eight secondsare killed in U.S. shelters each year. Often these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets. Maybe you’ve been meaning to get around to spaying/neutering your pet and just haven’t found the time, or maybe you thought that it would be good for your children to witness the miracle of birth, so you’re going to wait until Fluffy has had a litter or two before you spay her. Whatever the reason, rethink it:

According to the Spay Day USA Web site, its estimated that one pair of cats producing two litters a year can have more than 2,000 descendants in four years and more than 2 million by the end of eight. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats and a proven way to reduce the vast numbers of animals who are born only to die prematurely and without a family who loves them.

According to Vicki Stevens, Spay Day USA national coordinator for HSUS, since the 1970s, when educational programs and affordable spay-neuter programs started to become widespread, euthanasia figures have gone down from 22 percent of the companion animal population in 1973 to about 3 percent now.

Spay Day events around the country are providing low-cost opportunities to spay and neuter your pets. Click here to find a Spay Day event in your area.

Here’s a sample of some Spay Day and Spay/Neuter Activities:

Still not convinced? Read the top ten myths about spaying and neutering, or
click here to learn more about why you should spay or neuter your pet.

Can’t afford it? Click here for a list of low cost and free spay/neuter clinics in the U.S.

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