Animal Writes
20 January 1999 Issue

Spay Day USA

The fifth annual Spay Day USA will take place Tuesday, February 23, 1999.
Spay Day USA is a national campaign to save the lives of millions of dogs and

Last year's Spay Day once again set a new record in the number of animals
that were spayed or neutered. More than 108,000 dogs and cats were spayed
or neutered by shelters across the country, preventing millions of unwanted
future births.

Between 14 and 17 million dogs and cats are euthanized every year simply
because they were born in a country which does not have enough good homes
for each of them. Another 10 million stray and abandoned companion animals
die on our streets and in rural communities suffering from abuse and neglect.
Spay Day USA has been designated as a time to encourage everyone to take
one dog or cat to a veterinarian to have the animal spayed or neutered.

If your own dog or cat is already spayed or neutered, sponsor a friend or
relative's pet. People are often unaware of the impact of a single un-neutered
animal. Statistics show that an unaltered cat and her unaltered offspring can
produce 420,000 cats in seven years while one unaltered dog and her offspring
can produce 67,000 dogs in six years.

Spaying and neutering are the only ways to effectively end the companion
animal population crisis and stop the suffering of innocent animals.

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