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SPCA grants $135K for spay and neuter programs

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Raising awareness for Spay and Neuter Awareness Month

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The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) announced in an organizational release,1 that it awarded $135,000 in grants to global organizations aimed at funding spay-and-neuter programs. The animal welfare organization gives this money in honor of Spay and Neuter Awareness Month, this February. Spaying and neutering is the most effective way to prevent animal overpopulation and suffering, and SPCA International partners work specifically in areas of the world where sterilizing animals is not as accessible.

Pet sterilization can also increase their lifespan, according to a 2013 study. The results of the study found that the mean age of death for intact dogs was 7.9 years versus 9.4 years for sterilized dogs.2

“Spay-and-neuter programs are the most effective and humane way to prevent animal overpopulation, and in doing so, they benefit both the animals and their communities,” said Lori Kalef, director of programs at SPCA International, in the release. “We are proud to support these amazing organizations, whose work throughout the year, but especially during Spay and Neuter Awareness Month, helps care for animals and educates people on the importance of spay-and-neuter initiatives.”1

In the United States, SPCA International gave grants to Marley’s Mutts and Olympic Peninsula Humane Society. International grants were given to American Cairo Animal Rescue Foundation (Egypt), Animal Rescue Cambodia (Cambodia), Asociacion Humanitaria Para la Proteccion Animal (Costa Rica), CARA Welfare Philippines (Philippines), Fiona Animal Refuge (Mexico), Sunshine Animal Refuge Agadir (Morocco), Love for Love (Bulgaria), Morocco Animal Aid (Morocco), Paw Patrol Cambodia (Cambodia), Red de Apoyo Canino (Venezuela), Save a Dog Network (Canada), Tierhilfe K.O.S. (Austria), Vet for Your Pet (Nepal), Visiting Veterinarians International (Global), Every Dog Matters EU (Bulgaria), Nile Valley Egyptian Foundation (Egypt), Pet Project Rescue (Mexico), Pets of Aguirre Welfare Shelter (Costa Rica).1

References

  1. SPCA International gives over $100,000 in grants to U.S. and international organizations to fund spay-and-neuter programs. News release. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Published February 24, 2023. Accessed February 27, 2023.
  2. Hoffman JM, Creevy KE, Promislow DE. Reproductive capability is associated with lifespan and cause of death in companion dogs. PLoS One. 2013;8(4):e61082. Published 2013 Apr 17. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0061082
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