Spay day USA – Information on spaying and neutering

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Sammy - RIP

Barked: Tue Feb 10, '09 1:41pm PST 
Spay Day USA is February 24, 2009 and it is a day set aside to advocate the positives and benefits of spaying or neutering your pets as well as where you can go to spay or neuter your pets. My theory is if you don't plan to breed your pet responsibily, or have a pet where spaying and neutering may complication a health condition and in an informed and justified manner, it's much better spay and neuter your pets. They will be healthier, behave much better and easier for you and you will also help with preventing overpopulation of animals worldwide which leads to animals being euthanized, overcrowding issues and other issues assocaited with animal welfare. Animal welfare starts with the people who share their existences and lives with other animals. Spay Day USA is an annual campaign of The Humane Society of the United States to inspire people to save animal lives by spaying or neutering pets and feral cats. Officially the last Tuesday of February, with events and activities taking place throughout the month of February. The 15th annual Spay Day USA is Feb. 24, 2009. On this day you can enter the Spay Day Online Pet Photo Contest! Visit photocontest.humanesociety.org between Jan. 19 and Feb. 27 to enter.

Why: Four million cats and dogs—about one every eight seconds—are put down in U.S. shelters each year. Often these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets, even purebreds. Maybe someone's cat or dog got out just that one time or maybe the litter was intentional, but efforts to find enough good homes failed. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats and a proven way to reduce the vast numbers of animals who are born only to die prematurely and without a family who loves them. Learn more about why you should spay or neuter your pet.

Wondering if spaying or neutering pet is a good choice for you? Check out these resources and decide for yourself:

Here's other benefits and disadvantages and other information on spaying and neutering:
Humane Society of the US: http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/why_you_should_spay_or_neuter_your _pet.html
http://www.oregonv ma.org/petowners/spayneuter.asp
http://www.spayusa.org/main_directo ry/02-facts_and_education/benefits_sn.asp
http://www.pawsperouspets .com/tips/spayneuter.shtml
http://www.americanhumane.org/protecting -animals/adoption-pet-care/care/spaying-neutering.html
http://74.12 5.47.132/search?q=cachedogZsQF_Myk0cJ:www.naiaonline.org/pdfs/LongTer mHealthEffectsOfSpayNeuterInDogs.pdf+benefits+of+spaying+and+neuteri ng+pets&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=7&gl=us&client=firefox-a
http://www.veteri narypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=1570
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki /Neutering
http://7 gTermHealthEffectsOfSpayNeuterInDogs.pdf+benefits+of+spaying+and+neu tering+pets&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=7&gl=us&client=firefox-a

Some resources of where you can go for spaying, neutering and animal welfare are:
Animal Control Facility - 700 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA, 92118 (619) 522-7371
Animal Planet's Petfinder – http://www.petfinder.com
Animal Emergency Clinic - http://www.AnimalEmergencySD.com
Animal ER of San Diego - (858) 569-0600, 5610 Kearny Mesa Road San Diego, CA 92111
Animal Hospitals USA - http://www.animalhospitals-usa.com
Animal Urgent Care of Escondido - http://www.AUC.US.com
AVMA - http://www.avma.org
California Veterinary Specialists - http://www.CaliforniaVeterinarySpecialists.com
Classic Green Light Insurance – Pet Insurance packages – http://www.classicgreenlight.com
County Animal Services - http://www.sddac.com
DNA Testing Company to Determine Dog Breed - http://www.whatsmydog.com
Escondido Humane Society - http://www.EscondidoHumaneSociety.org
Feral Cat Coalition - http://www.feralcat.com
FOCAS--Friends of County Animal Shelters--San Diego – http://www.focas-sandiego.org
FREE Animal Avenue VIP Card (for those who adopted a pet from a shelter or rescue) - http://www.AnimalAvenue.net
Friends of Cats - http://www.FriendsofCats.org
Harmony Animal Hospital - http://www.petvets.com
Helen Woodward Animal Center - http://www.animalcenter.org
Holistic Veterinary Care – http://www.animalhealingcenter.net
National Cat Protection Society - http://www.NatCat.org
Nonprofit Veterinary Organization - nonprofit org that provides free veterinary aid - http://www.worldvets.org
North County Humane Society - http://www.NCHumane.org
Paws of Coronado - http://www.pawsofcoronado.org
PEAC (Parrot Education & Adoption Center) – http://www.peac.org
Pet Assistance Foundation - http://www.orgsites.com/ca/pet-assistance
Pet Emergency & Specialty - http://www.PESCSanDiego.com
Pets Are Wonderful Support, North County San Diego (PAWS) - http://www.pawssdc.org
Rancho Coastal Humane Society - http://www.RCHumaneSociety.org
S.D. Turtle & Tortoise Society - http://www.SDTurtle.org
San Diego County Animal Control - http://www.sddac.com
San Diego Herpetological Society - http://www.sdherpsociety.org
San Diego County Animal Shelters Foundation - http://www.sdshelters.com
San Diego House Rabbit Society - http://www.sandiegorabbits.org
San Diego Humane Society SPCA - http://www.sdhumane.org
SNAP – Spay Neuter Action - http://www.Snap-SanDiego.org
Swim Therapy - http://www.cuttingedgek9.com
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - http://www.aspca.org
The Animal Rescue Site - http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com
The S. Ford Foundation for Animals - http://www.sfordfoundation.org
United Animal nations is a non-profit animal advocacy organization - http://www.uan.org
VCA Emergency Animal Hospital & Referral Center - http://www.VCAEmergency.com
VCA North Coast Veterinary & Emergency - http://www.VCANorthCoast.com
Veterinary Specialty Hospital - http://www.VSHSD.com

Best wishes,

Pet and House Sitting, Dog Walks and Pet Boarding
San Diego, CA
Pet/House Care Blog: http://petsitdogwalkbykat.blogspot.com

Barked: Tue Feb 17, '09 1:39pm PST 
Remember that there are consequences when a dog is spayed/neutered. Regardless of what HSUS some Vets and others may tell you there is risk with any surgical procedure.
In addition, be real careful about spay/neuter too early in a dogs life. S/N at an early age (before bone growth is complete) should never be done.
I personally have an intact dog that is the most wonderful pet I've ever had. Since there is a ZERO chance he will mate unless I choose to mate him with a chance to improve his breed I will not subject my friend to the risk of neutering.

Barked: Tue Feb 17, '09 1:42pm PST 
I had a small female terrier mix dropped over my 6ft. privacy fence right before Christmas. She is very loving and sweet, but needs a home. I have 5 already and can not possibly keep anymore on a perminant basis. I have put her for adoption on this site in hopes of finding her a forever home. I would like to get her spayed, but can not afford the extra cost right now. Can you tell me if there is any way to get a voucher for spaying through this program?

In Memory of- Rudy

Wanna be- friends?
Barked: Tue Feb 17, '09 2:02pm PST 
I agree with spaying and neutering, but I also don't think every dog needs to be neutered or spayed. A responsible dog owner will keep his dog from breeding unless it is on purpose and then only if it would be a good representation of the breed. You cannot do AKC obedience trials with a neutered/spayed dog or confirmation. My male boxer is 7 years old and intact, never bred. I have a 7 year old Boston terrier that is neutered and also a female mastiff spayed. Both of my cats are spayed. I am happy that every shelter dog is spayed and the dogs I help out in rescues get spayed/neutered before going to their new homes. Many of them were puppy mill dogs and should never have to go through breeding again. I see health benefits for a lot of dogs and of course with females there is the benefit of not having to put up with the mess twice a year. But sometimes things are set up so that people don't have to be accountable for what goes on with their dogs. Breeders should have to have a license to breed for every different kind of dog they breed.

To smart for her- britches
Barked: Tue Feb 17, '09 3:04pm PST 
The Tri State Weimaraner Rescue offers spay/neuter reimbursements to anyone with a purebred weimaraner over the age of 6 months and who lives in the states of PA, DE and NJ areas. Please go to our website for more information on Operation Spay Gray. www.tristateweimrescue.org

Julie Potthoff, Placement Coordinator
Tri State Weimaraner Rescue

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Tank- I love my- walks,(not in- the rain)
Barked: Tue Feb 17, '09 4:26pm PST 
I actually had to have my Tank neutered because here in Omaha it is now the law for Pit Bull owners to have their dogs spayed or neutered. Tank is 7 yrs old & I was afraid that it would hurt him but, he has come out of it just fine. He seems to be the same ol' Tanner Guy that I know & love very much.

Perfect Little- Angel
Barked: Wed Feb 18, '09 5:17am PST 
Spaying and Neutering is always the best way to prevent animals from being killed in shelters. People that don't spay or neuter their animal are acting irresponsible. My dog hadn't been spayed, when she develop a cyst. She almost died because we thought we could prevent her from having puppies. She would not have developed a cyst if we had her spayed. I strongly believe it should be against the law to have an unspayed or unneurered dog. I totally agree with the very first entry that spaying and neutering your dog is the only way to totally prevent pregnancy. It doesn't hurt the dog when they are spayed or neutered.

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Born to be wild
Barked: Wed Feb 18, '09 5:46am PST 
I got my dog from a shelter in Massachusetts.They were so happy laugh out loudthat he got a nice home that he got along with the other dog!! And when I was there there was so much dogspuppy and catskitty that were very cute and friendly! That made me realize that I was doing the write thing from adopting my dog from a shelter!!!wishes to animal shelters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Diamond RIP

diamonds are a- girls best- friend
Barked: Wed Feb 18, '09 6:09am PST 
to compete in trails izzy has to be intact i dont like the fact that she is not spayed but my husband wants to keep taking her to hunting trials.Diamond is fixed i dont want puppies there are too manny puppies out there already i support any organization that will help owners s/n there pets

Ban- Thunderstorms!!
Barked: Wed Feb 18, '09 7:26am PST 
1. All AKC events besides conformation ("showing" your dog) can be done by a spayed or neutered pet. AKC encourages all pet owners to be resonsible in the prevention of unwanted pregnancies, including all ILP registered pets be spayed and neutered before awarding the certificate. Many Champion dogs/bitches are spayed after they have finished their show career.

2. You can never 100% ensure your dogs will not escape, so if your animal is intact, there is no way to be sure you are doing your best to prevent an unwanted pregnancy.

3. Absolutely there is a risk in every surgery your pet has, as with every human, but you can't just not have surgery because of the "what if". The percentage of dogs dying in spay/neuter surgeries is much smaller than the percentage of dogs dying due to cancers that could have been prevented by the surgery itself.

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