World Spay Day, which was started by the Doris Day Animal League in 1995, is held each year on the last Tuesday in February. Initially known as Spay Day USA, the event has now grown into a day of action sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. The event is recognized in nearly 70 countries across the world.
From its relatively humble beginnings to its current international status, the goal of the day has remained the same. According to the Humane Society of the United States, “[the campaign] seeks to shine a spotlight on the power of affordable, accessible spay/neuter to save the lives of companion animals, community (feral and stray) cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in shelters or killed on the street.”
To that end, Petsmart Charities, the ASPCA, and the Humane Society have provided this widget that allows people in the United States to find free or low cost spay/neuter programs in their area.
If you’d like to learn more about World Spay Day, including ideas for getting involved, visit the Humane Society International. Homeless animals the world over will thank you!