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Care for Georgia’s Animals This World Spay Day
Earlier this year, Governor Nathan Deal proclaimed February as Spay and Neuter Awareness Month in Georgia. And today, we recognize World Spay Day. As stated in the official proclamation, if we own pets, we have a responsibility to spay and neuter them.
More than $1 billion is spent and millions of dogs and cats are euthanized every year due to overpopulation. Proper pet sterilization has proven to drastically reduce this very real problem.
Beyond its benefits to the overall animal population, spaying and neutering has shown numerous medical and behavioral benefits for individual animals. These benefits include:
- Reduced risk of uterine infections and breast tumors in females
- Reduced risk of testicular cancer and some prostate problems in males
- Reduced likelihood for male dogs to leave home, thus protecting them from diseased or aggressive animals and busy roadways
- Better behavior and reduced aggression in males
If your pet needs to be spayed or neutered, speak with your local veterinarian for more information.
Dog and Cat Sterilization Program
Since 2003 the Georgia Department of Agriculture has administered the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program. The program helps offset the costs for animal shelters and rescue organizations to spay and neuter dogs and cats. Funds for the program come entirely from the sale of specialty license plates, an income tax check-off option, private donations, and grants.
Last year, the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program was able to award $600,000 in grants to 66 shelters and rescue organizations. That’s nearly a 200% increase from 2015!
Want to help Georgia’s animals? See just how easy it is to support the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program!
More from the Georgia Department of Agriculture
Interested in learning more about animals in Georgia? Check out the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Animal Industry Division.
On their animal health page, you can find detailed information on animal diseases, what your pet needs when you move to Georgia, and contact numbers for rabies help. Are you interested in breeding, selling, or professionally boarding animals? Learn how to get a license.
Our pets deserve loving homes and healthy lives. Spread the message this World Spay Day.
About the Author
Rachel Hart is the User Interface designer for GeorgiaGov. She visually organizes information and writes blogs on a variety of government-related topics.