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A new name reflects an annual spay/neuter initiative’s scope

It started 18 years ago as Spay Day USA, but The HSUS’s annual campaign to call attention to the importance of spay/neuter has always included participants from around the world. Run in cooperation with The HSUS’s global affiliate, Humane Society International (HSI), the event last year attracted participants from 46 countries. And now, its name will reflect that global scope.

  • Spay Day events in 2011 included The HSUS teaming with the ASPCA and the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals to provide free spay/neuter, cat and dog food, vaccinations, and microchips to pet owners in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Dana Edelson

The last Tuesday in February, known in recent years simply as Spay Day, has been rechristened World Spay Day. “It’s truly more an international event now than it ever has been, so the name World Spay Day better reflects what the program actually is,” explains Vicki Stevens, a senior project manager for The HSUS and the event’s coordinator. Set for Feb. 28 this year, World Spay Day will take place during Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. Animal welfare organizations, individuals, and businesses will team up throughout February to hold events promoting spay/neuter as a way to curb pet overpopulation and prevent animals from being euthanized in shelters. Many of the events offer low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to targeted populations, Stevens says. Participating organizations also hold fundraisers, set up spay/neuter displays in local libraries, or distribute materials at community gatherings.

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