Every year since it was launched in 2002 as part of a grass roots effort by animal welfare groups and individuals across Ireland, SpayAware has been highlighting the importance of spaying and neutering to address the pet overpopulation crisis.
SpayAware appeals for action to end the plight of the our unwanted animals by promoting
the key message that it is time to kill the problems, not the pets.
“Since we started the SpayAware initiative, the number of dogs destroyed in Ireland has
gone down from over 20000 per year to less than 5000 but we still have a long way to go,”
says television vet and SpayAware organiser Pete Wedderburn. “Animal destruction rates
in Ireland remain at an appallingly high level.”
No similar figures exist for cats but using a formula devised by the University of Florida, the animal welfare group ANVIL estimates that every year, a staggering 180,000 kittens die within a week of birth.
“Pet owners need to be responsible and stop contributing to the crisis of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens in this country,” Pete Wedderburn says.
“Early spaying and neutering is also the healthy choice for most pets. Research shows that early neutering reduces an animal’s chances of developing common cancers and other diseases. It keeps pets healthy, helps control the over-population of stray cats and prevents the needless destruction of perfectly healthy animals in pounds.”