World Spay Day—the last Tuesday of February—provides an opportunity for shelter and rescue organizations to highlight their spay/neuter programs and win more community support in the form of donors, volunteers and clients. Created by the Doris Day Animal League in 1995 as Spay Day USA, World Spay Day has been recognized by nearly 70 countries, shining 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.
Participation ideas for shelters and rescues
- Promote your spay/neuter programs on social media such as Twitter and Facebook. Use hashtag #worldspayday
- Ask your legislator(s) to adopt a resolution proclaiming the last Tuesday in February “World Spay Day” in your town or city, county or parish, or even your state! Check in with your HSUS state director, who may be able to connect you with your HSUS district leader or HSUS state council member. Perhaps you can work together as a team!
- Host a special spay/neuter event that reaches people who usually lack access to services, such as those living in underserved areas, or that assists community (feral and stray) cat caretakers.
- Raise money for your spay/neuter programs. Raffles, bake sales, "spay-ghetti" dinners, restaurant nights, benefit concerts and shelter open houses are just a few examples of fundraising events that organizers have found to be successful.