February 25, 2014

World Spay Day 2014 - Help A Dog Today!

Today, Tuesday, February 25, is World Spay Day! According to Humane Society International, World Spay Day is a day to shine “a spotlight on spaying and neutering as a way to save the lives of companion animals, community (feral and stray) cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in a shelter or killed on the street.”

Pet overpopulation is a problem in much of the world, including the region of Loreto, Peru, where Amazon CARES operates. Pet overpopulation is problematic for a number of reasons. The most obvious concern is that overpopulation results in stray animals. Stray animals are at high risk of illness, injury, and malnutrition.

Pet overpopulation is a problem for humans, too. When stray animal populations become too large, issues can arise with sanitation and community appearance. Public health and safety can also be jeopardized due to the risk of the transmission of parasites, as well as the risk of being bitten.

In order to address pet overpopulation, Amazon CARES offers free and low-cost animal birth control to both dogs and cats throughout northern Peru. The CARES clinic is open in the city of Iquitos year-round.

Four times a year, Amazon CARES recruits volunteers and veterinary professionals from around the world to assist with mobile clinics in remote villages throughout the Amazon Basin. In 2013, 800 dogs and cats were spayed and neutered by Amazon CARES! Our first major spay and neuter campaign of 2014 is less than a month away. Donate today to help us spay dogs and cats during the campaign.

A CARES mobile campaign in October 2013.

Spaying is not only a form of birth control, but it also has significant health benefits. When a female dog is spayed, her risk of mammary cancer significantly decreases; her risk of a uterine infection, which is often fatal, is eliminated.

Animal birth control is an effective means of addressing pet overpopulation. In one year, one female cat and her offspring can theoretically produce 60,000 cats! One female dog and her offspring can produce 11,000 dogs in one year! The staff and volunteers of Amazon CARES are able to prevent the cycle of unwanted animals through our animal birth control campaigns.

You can help spay a dog today by making a small donation through our Crowdrise fundraising website or through PayPal (sponsor@amazoncares.org).
Please consider helping a street dog today.

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