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The Importance of Sterilisation – World Spay Day 

27th February
25th of February marks World Spay Day, an annual campaign shedding light on the significance of spaying and neutering your pets. 

75% of the global dog population are strays!  Without intervention, 1 female dog and her litter of puppies could result in 67,000 more homeless dogs living on the streets in just 6 years! 

Sterilisation remains the single most effective and compassionate method of controlling the growing stray dog population. We are delighted that sterilisation is such a key part of our mission. Since our inception, we have supported over 30,000 dog sterilisations as part of our global programmes. 

The Sterilisation Process 

Among the various animals that benefit from sterilisation, dogs stand out due to the bond we have with them and the increasing size of the stray dog population worldwide. Sterilisation, whether through spaying, for females, or neutering, for males, involves a surgical procedure aimed at preventing reproduction. While it may seem daunting or cruel, the process is routine and safe. There is minimal risk involved with this procedure. It contributes significantly to the overall health and wellbeing of our four-legged friends whilst helping to stop the cycle of stray dogs living on the streets worldwide. 

Attitudes towards Sterilisation 

Worldwide, there are many different cultures who in turn have their own opinions and attitudes towards sterilisation. In the Western world, sterilisation is widely accepted as a standard practice for responsible pet ownership, supported by accessible veterinary services, more financial freedom and advanced education campaigns. 

However, in other cultures, there can be resistance or scepticism toward sterilisation. This can be due to cultural beliefs about the role of dogs, concerns about altering a natural process, limited access to veterinary care, and a lack of resources. In Mexico, stray puppies are being born at an unbelievable rate. This is due to a common thought that neutering a male dog takes away his masculinity. In rural Romania, there is a woeful lack of accessible veterinary care for dog owners, and the available clinics tend to focus on farm animals.  

The Impact of Sterilisation 

The impact that sterilisation can have extends far beyond individual dogs and reaches into broader societal realms. By preventing unplanned litters and the growth of the stray dog population, sterilisation addresses the root of the issue, thereby alleviating strain on animal welfare organisations, shelters and other resources. Moreover, in countries still suffering from disease, it contributes to public health. By reducing the risk of diseases transmitted through stray dogs, both humans, their communities, and animals alike will benefit. 

Championing Animal Welfare 

As we reflect on World Spay Day, we want to reaffirm our commitment to the well-being of dogs worldwide. Sterilisation is a crucial pillar of a mission and the only way of compassionately making the most impact on the growing stray dog population. We are committed to supporting our sterilisation partners and educating communities about the importance. 

Sterilisation is the cornerstone of responsible pet ownership and offers health benefits for animals and the communities they live in. Together, we can create a world where every dog receives the care, compassion and respect that they deserve. 

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