Today is World Spay Day, an internationally recognized day that focuses on the importance of spaying and neutering companion animals.
Spaying or neutering your pets has medical and behavioral benefits and helps to control pet overpopulation.
For female pets, spaying prevents uterine infections and breast tumors, whereas in male pets, it can help prevent testicular cancer.
The behavioral benefits are vast as well, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), including keeping your pet closer to home with them being less likely to run off in search of a mate.
Neutering can also help dissuade male animals from marking in the home, especially in cats. Heat cycles in female pets can be quite messy, which makes spaying a huge benefit.
To help promote World Spay Day, Animal Medical Center announced a fundraiser to raise money to use towards the cost of spays and neuters for local shelter animals.
Animal Medical Center along with their partner clinic, Community Veterinary Clinic, assists in spaying and neutering the pets at the City of Gillette Animal Shelter before they are adopted.
Members of the community were invited to help donate by either coming into either one of the before-mentioned clinics or by making a donation on their website.
Shortly after the announcement of the fundraiser, the Friends of the Gillette Animal Shelter, a non-profit organization, announced they would match donations up to $1500.
Their goal of $1500 was met sooner than expected by the second week of February. Including the matched donation, the total raised to contribute towards the spay and neuter of shelter animals was over $3000.