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Spay Day USA can help you stop littering! Diana L. Guerrero shares unique tidbits about the annual program to help stop pet overpopulation. Save pet lives by spaying your pet. Author Diana L. Guerrero encourages pet altering during St. Spay Day USA. So, read up on this great national program known as Spay Day USA.

Stop Littering on Spay Day USA

Litter is a national problem. In some areas stiff fines are given out to violators of laws placed to help protect the environment. However, there is another littering problem that most people are ignorant about and it impacts the lives of domestic creatures across America.

Guerrero said. "Littering is a problem--excessive breeding of dogs and cats adds to pet overpopulation and there is a big need to reduce those numbers so there is a reduction in abandoned or orphaned animals. All pet owners should take advantage of the national Spay Day USA program taking place this February. Spaying and neutering pets should be a priority for every pet owner."

Guerrero is referring to the Spay Day USA program spearheaded by the Doris Day Animal Foundation. The national campaign was launched in 1995 and is responsible for the altering of over one million animals. Many veterinarians and other pet businesses offer discounts or vouchers for spay and neuter services as part of the drive.

"It is heartwarming to see the enormous response Spay Day USA has received over the years," says Doris Day, actress and DDAF's founder and president. "Hundreds of veterinarians, thousands of volunteers and over one million companion animals have made this one of the most widely-supported public service projects in animal welfare, which shows that people do realize that we can put an end to pet overpopulation in a humane and caring way."

Guerrero said, "One of the biggest problems is the failure of people to realize the extent of the pet over population problem. Although the numbers are steadily declining, due to programs such as Spay Day USA, between 4 and 5 million animals are euthanized in shelters every year. (One every six and a half seconds.) Unfortunately there are still millions of homeless animals living out in the streets or in feral colonies."

Statistics, based on reports from facilities across America, show that over 56% of dogs and puppies entering shelters are killed, and approximately 71% of cats and kittens entering shelters are killed. A surprising thirty percent of those animals entering shelters are purebreds.

So how can altering and animal help? In seven years, two unaltered cats and all their descendents can theoretically number 420,000. In just six years, two unaltered dogs and all their descendents can number 67,000. So the simple surgery prevents pet overpopulation and future problems associated with it.

"Along with behavior problems the other top reason people relinquish animals to shelters is the difficulty in finding homes for littermates. Spaying and neutering your pet is a humane and caring act." Guerrero said.

Participants of Spay Day USA can enter the "Every Spay & Neuter Counts" contest. Winners may win a goodie bag of prizes or an award of $100. Spay Day USA 2005 is co-sponsored nationally by the Hartz Mountain Corporation, Natural Life Pet Products, Purrfect Fence Cat Fencing System, Dogswell, Pet Food Express, and Modern Dog magazine.

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