The impact and importance of spaying and neutering pets is always central to our mission at San Diego Humane Society, but it’s especially so with World Spay Day happening on Tuesday, February 23rd. To engage our animal-loving community around this national day of awareness, we gave away 80 free spay and neuter appointments at our three San Diego Humane Society campuses (San Diego, Escondido and Oceanside).
Preventing unwanted and unplanned litters is one of the best approaches we can take to end pet homelessness in San Diego, which is why in addition to our World Spay Day promotion, we have a Community Spay Neuter program that is available all year long.
In addition to altering the more than 15,000 animals we adopt out annually, we have a targeted, low-cost spay/neuter program for community-owned pit bulls, Chihuahuas and cats – the animals that typically inundate local shelters.
We know nearly 90% of pets in underserved communities are unaltered, so we’ve identified local zip codes from where the highest number of stray and underage animals enter our shelters. For pet parents in these areas with pit bulls, Chihuahuas and cats, we offer complimentary spay/neuter services as an incentive to prevent accidental and unnecessary reproducing.
These targeted efforts are on track to alter nearly 6,000 animals this year alone.That’s in addition to the 12,919 community-owned animals this program has altered since we began it in 2012. This proactive work is easing the current and future strain on local shelters, while also helping give homeless animals the chance to become adopted faster. You’re support is core to our ability to keep our County at zero euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals. Thank you for helping us protect animals from the hardship and heartache of homelessness.
For the Animals,
Gary Weitzman, DVM, MPH, CAWA
President and CEO, San Diego Humane Society