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Local shelters celebrate Spay Day USA

Spaying and neutering saves lives - that is what officials in Southampton Town, New York, are saying in honor of Spay Day USA this February 28. Westhampton-Hampton Bays Patch reports this particular town just ruled on February 14 that the area would officially celebrate the holiday this year to prevent pet overpopulation, but animal rescue organizations across the country are celebrating as well.

One is the Pet Adoption & Animal Welfare (P.A.W.S.) in Rutherford County, Tennessee, where pets are always spayed and neutered before they are adopted out. The center opened a new surgery suite January 4 that has allowed veterinarians to perform the procedure on more pets at a faster rate, The Daily News Journal reports.

For Spay Day USA, the center is holding open house tours of the new, 1,200 square foot surgery suite to educate the public on the importance of spaying and neutering all pets in order to decrease the amount of unwanted pets that end up in shelters each day.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, one cat or dog is euthanized in shelters in the U.S. every eight seconds. Many shelters have no choice but to do this to respond to the high demand of homeless pets, but many are working to do away with the practice altogether.
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