Launched in 1995, World Spay Day is celebrated on the fourth Tuesday in February and aims to encourage the spaying and neutering of companion animals and feral cats.

We are into kitten season already (the clinic is seeing many pregnant females, and the Jackson County Animal Shelter already has kittens in foster homes and in adoption).

In its first year, SNYP has prevented more than 30,000 unwanted kittens from being born, thanks to spaying more than 2,398 females since the clinic opening last February. This prevention helps ensure that fewer homeless or unwanted kittens will suffer, and it reduces the strain on shelters and rescue groups.

Many people don’t realize that cats begin breeding as young as 16 weeks of age, when they are basically still babies themselves). However, kittens can be fixed at 8 to 10 weeks of age, and not only will this prevent unwanted litters, it will help keep cats safer and healthier, less prone to cancers, and free of bad behaviors like roaming and spraying.

SNYP’s spay/neuter services are the lowest in the region (about 40% less expensive than private veterinarians), and low-income subsidies are available. Please help spread the word about SNYP, so we can continue to prevent suffering through overpopulation — and donate if you can, which helps us provide spay/neuter services to those who need it most.