Local pet owners can get a break on ensuring that their animals don’t breed by participating in a worldwide event next week.
World Spay Day is annually on the last Tuesday in February and helps prevent the overpopulation of pets, unwanted litters and reduces the amount of euthanizations at local animal shelters.
According to Veterinarian Cristin Reese at the Animal Health Center in Scottsbluff, AHC has participated in WSD every year since it became an event. Reese said the clinic offers spaying and neutering for dogs, cats and rabbits at a discounted rate on Feb. 26 and 28 to help encourage residents to get their pets fixed.
“Spaying and neutering is very important, not only for the health of the pet because it reduces roaming and getting hit by cars. Behavioral reasons are the number one reason that people turn in their pets to humane societies. Reducing that really is a wonderful thing, a way to keep the family together, and it reduces cancers and infections.”
Most importantly, it reduces the population of unwanted puppies and kittens, Reese said.
She said most people often take unwanted animals to the humane society shelter thinking they will find homes, but unfortunately, those places are overwhelmed with animals. At a national level, millions of pets are euthanized since they cannot find a home after a certain amount of time.
“If we start at home and take care of that problem, not only are they going to live longer, but it’s going to help out your entire community,” Reese said.
The AHC will host the two-day event with the help of students from the veterinary technician program at Eastern Wyoming College to assist in the surgeries. The AHC typically sees 40 to 50 patients each day during the event and performed nearly 200 surgeries last year.
“As long as they (residents) get registered by the deadline, then we will fit them into our schedules,” Reese said.
Residents are encouraged to stop by the AHC and register their pets in person by Feb. 22. Others can help by donating money or sponsoring a pet for families who cannot afford the surgery on those days.
Reese said a lot of local businesses including First State Bank, Oregon Trail Plumbing and Heating and Heads to Tails have donated products and services for the event. She said community members are also welcome to donate their time during the event.
For more information, visit www.humanesociety.org or call the Animal Health Center at 308-635-0116 to register your pet.