The last Tuesday of every February is World Spay Day, a day to showcase the importance of affordable accessibility to animal spay and neuter services. This simple action can save the lives of feral and stray cats, street dogs, or animals killed due to overcrowding in shelters. This year, February 23rd is the 22nd annual World Spay Day! Spread the message! You may be asking yourself, “Why should I spay my animal? Won’t this procedure change my pet’s fundamental personality, such as their protective instinct?” To answer your question in one word, no! Spaying and neutering an animal will not change its personality at all, and in fact, there are so many benefits that come along with the simple procedure. Health Medical evidence suggests that females that are spayed before their first heat are typically healthier (many animals are now being sterilized at eight weeks of age). This procedure can also reduce the risk of cancers. Pyrometra (a fatal urine infection), uterine cancer, and reproductive system cancers are more common in those that are not sterilized. Help your pet live the long, healthy life it deserves! Behavior Unruly behavior can be reduced just as easily as well. Sterilized dogs are less likely to be assertive and urine mark than non-neutered dogs. Cats are also less likely to spray urine if they are neutered or spayed within four months of age. According to the Humane Society, “neutering solves 90 percent of all marking issues, even in cats that have been doing it for a while.” That means clean carpets! Save Lives You can take part in reducing the number of homeless pets that are killed! By simply sterilizing your animal, you are saving hundreds of potential animal lives. Spaying or neutering an animal is the only permanent form of birth control for cats and dogs that is 100 percent effective. Help minimize the number of pets that are euthanized by getting your pet spayed or neutered today! Is your pet spayed or neutered? What has your experience been like? We want to hear from you!