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Spay & Neuter Awareness Month 2023: When It Is & Its Purpose

Rachael Gerkensmeyer

By Rachael Gerkensmeyer

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We all love our pets and want to do everything possible to keep them happy and healthy. One important step that we can take is to spay and neuter our cats and dogs before they start to reproduce. Holidays such as Spay and Neuter Awareness Month are crucial for promoting this essential act.

Spay and Neuter Awareness Month is the month of February. Many organizations, such as Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, have signed on to promote the holiday because they understand the importance of spaying and neutering pets of all breeds and sizes.

Read on to learn more about this important holiday and how you can get involved in terms of celebrating and bringing light to the cause.

Why February Was Designated Spay & Neuter Awareness Month

It is unclear exactly why the month of February was chosen for Spay and Neuter Awareness Month. It may be because so many other months were already being used to promote things like Itchy Pet Awareness (August) and Adopt a Senior Pet Awareness (November). It could be that February is a popular month for people to get puppies and kittens as pets. No matter the reason, the holiday is gaining in popularity and seems to be making headway when it comes to reaching pet owners around the United States.

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Why It’s Important to Promote the Spaying & Neutering of Pets

There are many good reasons to promote the spaying and neutering of pets. For one thing, spaying and neutering minimizes unwanted behavioral and aggression issues, which can help keep pets out of shelters.

Other reasons to spay and neuter pets include:
  • Decreasing the number of accidental dog and cat litters
  • Decreasing territorial barking and marking
  • Reducing the risk of unfixed pets escaping from their homes to find reproductive mates
  • Reducing the risk of developing health issues like cancer later in life

Spaying and neutering can also help ensure that the animal has a relaxed attitude and less destructive behavior inside the home. Promoting Spay and Neuter Awareness Month is an excellent way to increase the number of pets that get spayed and neutered each year, even outside the month of February.

How You Can Celebrate Spay & Neuter Awareness Month

There is no better way to celebrate Spay and Neuter Awareness Month than to have your pets fixed if you haven’t already done so. Encouraging friends and family members to do the same is also an effective way to celebrate. Other ways include volunteering at your local animal shelter during spay and neuter drives, passing out fliers that promote spaying and neutering in your community, and even having a party at the park for newly spayed and neutered pets and their human parents.

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In Conclusion

Having pets spayed and neutered is an important responsibility that we pet owners should not take lightly. Holidays such as Spay and Neuter Awareness Month offer an excellent opportunity to get the word out and help create conversations about the topic. So, don’t forget to take the time to celebrate in February!

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