International Fund for Animal Welfare Celebrates World Spay Day

International Fund for Animal Welfare Celebrates World Spay Day
Tuesday, 28 February, 2017
Washington D.C.

Today marks World Spay Day, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare has plenty to celebrate.

From Indonesia to Northern Canada, and from Germany to South Africa, IFAW provides veterinary care to cats and dogs around the world. Taken together, last year these programs spayed tens of thousands of dogs, cats, and even some rabbits and guinea pigs. When all the medical interventions and other aid we provide are tallied up, IFAW cared for 38,793 companion animals last year.

Our Companion Animal Program targets communities who don’t have access to veterinary care, either because of financial difficulty or geographic distance. In Northern Canada, IFAW is the only veterinary care that many Indigenous communities can access. In Germany, our veterinarians provide care to animals owned by people who love their pets, but don’t have the financial resources to pay costly veterinary bills. And in Bali, Indonesia, and impoverished South African townships, our teams provide direct veterinary care for animals in nearly 100 communities.

IFAW’s work doesn’t focus only on the animals, though. Our teams in the field know that educating owners to be better guardians, and motivating whole communities to identify and stop cruelty, is just as important.

IFAW believes that spaying your pet is a critical first step to improve life for the pet and for the owner. Spaying may prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, helping our animal companions live a longer, happier life. Cats and dogs who are spayed no longer go into heat – meaning they will no longer make a mess during breeding season. Our work around the world also tells us that pets who are spayed, without the distraction of reproductive cycles, can be better companions for their owners.

On World Spay Day, IFAW would like to take the opportunity to remind everyone who owns a pet to have them spayed, neutered, vaccinated and seen by a veterinarian annually. These simple steps will help keep your friend happy and healthy for years to come.                                           

About IFAW

Founded in 1969, IFAW rescues and protects animals around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Photos are available at



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