Spay Day began in 1995 as a project of the Doris Day Animal League (DDAL) with the goal of reducing pet overpopulation. DDAL merged with The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in 2006 to maximize the effectiveness of the two animal welfare organizations. The Humane Society International and The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association now work with HSUS in the annual Spay Day effort.
Each year HSUS works with local shelters, humane organizations and rescue groups, veterinarians and their staff, and individual volunteers to offer special spay-neuter events, sponsor mobile clinics, raise money to fund surgeries, and increase public awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering. Since 1995, almost two million animals have been spayed or neutered as a result of the countless number of organizations and individuals participating in Spay Day.
In Georgia, Governor Nathan Deal has proclaimed the month of February as Spay Neuter Awareness Month, stating in his proclamation, “Each year shelters must euthanize millions of animals, many that are adoptable and healthy, because there aren’t enough homes…. All of Georgia’s pets should be assured loving homes and a lifetime of care…. The citizens of Georgia have a responsibility to spay and neuter their pets.”
One of the many organizations in Georgia participating in World Spay Day activities is LifeLine Animal Project in Avondale Estates. LifeLine is the largest provider of spay and neuter services in metro Atlanta and will be celebrating World Spay Day on February 24 with a “Fifty Pit Fix” promotion. LifeLine received a grant from the Holland M. Ware Charitable Foundation that will allow them to spay or neuter 50 pit bull and pit bull mixed breed dogs at no cost. Vaccinations will also be available at the time of surgery for only $10 each. Pet parents interested in having their pit bull or pit bull mixed breed dogs spayed or neutered for free should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 678-883-2FIX (678-883-2349).
The following information is from a February 11, 2015 LifeLine Animal Project Press Release:
According to LifeLine CEO Rebecca Guinn, spaying and neutering is critical in reducing the number of homeless animals, especially unwanted pit bulls. ‘The number of abandoned pit bulls that come into our shelters is staggering, and the main reason is because people are not fixing their dogs,’ she says. ‘By eliminating financial barriers, and encouraging residents to get their pit bull dogs fixed, we hope to see a reduction in the number of these dogs entering our shelters.’
World Spay Day falls on the last Tuesday of February each year. However, events and activities in recognition of Spay Day are held throughout the month. Many organizations offer spay and neuter services at a reduced cost or no cost in February in honor of World Spay Day.
The main objective of World Spay Day is to inspire and encourage individuals to have their pets and other animals in need spayed or neutered. Other objectives include raising money to fund spay/neuters for feral cats and strays and animals whose caretakers need financial assistance and educating the public of the urgency and necessity of spaying and neutering their family pets.
About LifeLine Animal Project (from the February 11, 2015 Press Release)
Founded in 2002, LifeLine Animal Project is the managing nonprofit organization of Fulton County Animal Services and DeKalb County Animal Services, where LifeLine has reduced the euthanasia rates by more than 50 percent. LifeLine provides lifesaving solutions to end the killing of healthy and treatable animals in shelters, promotes animal welfare and works to prevent pet overpopulation in metro Atlanta. The organization also operates two low-cost spay/neuter clinics, which have performed 80,000 surgeries to date, and its own rehabilitative, no-kill shelter. Other outreach efforts include its Catlanta trap-neuter-return program, the first and largest in metro Atlanta, for stray and feral cats.