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 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 4000 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.”
It’s raining (posters of) cats and dogs
As part of our 2014 campaign, SpayAware is once again circulating posters highlighting the spay/neuter message for display in hundreds of veterinary clinics and other venues around the country.
To better communicate the message, we are this year producing two versions of the poster, one each appealing respectively to owners cats and dogs. Printed versions are being circulated to veterinary clinics, as well as animal welfare charities, and other groups and individuals around the country supporting the campaign.
If you would like to display posters within your local community, downloadable versions for self-printing are available on this link.
By doing so, you are helping to promote the SpayAware message and highlight the critical importance of spaying and neutering to ending the terrible toll of unwanted cats and dogs destroyed in Ireland every year.
The production of the posters is being supported by Veterinary Ireland, the DoneDeal PetAware Project, Allianz, the ISPCA and Maxi Zoo.