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Learn about the importance of spay and neuter surgeries on World Spay Day

Operation Kindness Community Initiatives Veterinarian working with a dog

What is World Spay Day?

World Spay Day, which happens annually on the fourth Tuesday of February and on Feb. 28 this year, is a day of recognition and increased awareness of the importance of spay and neuter surgeries for animals.

The holiday is celebrated around the world by veterinary professionals, animal welfare experts and pet lovers alike in efforts to increase spay and neuter surgeries.

Why is it important to spay or neuter pets?

Spay and neuter surgeries, which stop an animal’s ability to reproduce, are beneficial not only for your personal pets but for homeless pets everywhere. In increase in spayed and neutered pets lowers overpopulations, decreasing the number of homeless pets in our region and improving the quality of life and health for animals.

Beyond population control, spay and neuter surgeries can reduce, and in many cases entirely prevent, many fatal diseases and infection, such as Pyometra, a life-threatening infection of the uterus.

How is Operation Kindness providing spay and neuter surgeries?

At our Carrollton shelter, Operation Kindness makes sure every animal available for adoption has been spayed or neutered first. Though some pets come to us already spayed or neutered, often time our expert medical staff performs the surgeries in our medical unit.

Our Community Initiatives team works tirelessly to provide the surgeries all across Texas! Whether it is by offering free spay and neuter surgeries to pet owners in communities with little access to veterinary care, or by teaming up with our shelter partners to help perform as many surgeries as possible, our team has been dedicated to helping as many pets as possible receive the procedures they need.

“The veterinary shortage that we are seeing across the country has affected the DFW Metroplex, as well,” said Operation Kindness’ Chief Community Initiatives Officer Meredith Jones. “Many shelters in our region have surgery suites that are sitting empty, which directly affects the number of animal lives they can save.  Our Community Initiatives team is happy to partner with these shelters to provide spay/neuter surgeries to increase the number of happy and healthy animals that are ready for their new homes.”

To learn more about our Community Initiatives team and about finding low-cost spay/neuter services, you can email us or check out our calendar of upcoming events.

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