The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association recently sponsored a Spay Day event with a goal of sterilizing 200 feral cats in Dane County, Wisconsin. The group provided Dane County Friends of Ferals, a local shelter, with funding for additional surgical equipment so they could sterilize more cats than ever before.
"What makes these Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association events so special is that they support the education of veterinary students and veterinary technician students in a way that benefits both the animals and the community," said Dr. Susan Krebsbach, an HSVMA veterinary consultant who helped coordinate the event.
The event was part of the Humane Society of the United States' (HSUS
) and Humane Society International's World Spay Day campaign. World Spay Day is officially February 28, but events are being held all month to educate people about how spaying and neutering can save animals
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
, one of the most important benefits of spaying and neutering pets and stray animals is the way it fights pet overpopulation. Millions of pets are euthanized in shelters each year, and even more suffer as strays. The procedure also has health and behavioral benefits for pets.