Spaying animals may seem like a luxury for pet owners, but doing so is actually making a significant contribution to the global wildlife ecosystem.

Spaying animals may seem like a luxury for pet owners, but doing so is actually making a significant contribution to the global wildlife ecosystem.

#WorldSpayDay — recognized worldwide, in almost 70 countries — raises awareness of the importance of spaying/neutering pets as a means of saving precious animals that might otherwise have been killed. According to the Humane Society, there are around 6-8 million homeless pets, and of that number only half are adopted. The rest are euthanized.

Spaying’s impact also goes way beyond homeless pets — especially when it comes to invaluable at-risk ecosystems and wildlife. On the Galapagos Islands, for example, feral and domestic cats and dogs pose a significant threat to the native wildlife that have no natural defense against these new predators. Tod Emko, president of Darwin Animal Doctors (DAD), a nonprofit on our Honor Roll that is working in the Galapagos to provide spay-veterinary care to save endemic wildlife, explains:

“While a lot of people understand the importance of veterinary care in general, not as many understand why spaying and neutering of domestic animals is so important to wildlife protection. But in the most precious ecosystems on earth, we see that competition, disease communication, and predation by domestic animals can be devastating to wildlife. Often, developing communities thus decide that inhumane poisonings and eradication campaigns against domestic animals is the solution. But it very often does not solve the problem…Spaying and neutering, and teaching humane education to the community, are, time and time again, proven to be the more sustainable and certain answer. ”

Spaying animals is beneficial for multiple reasons: it reduces pet homelessness, prevents bad behavior, improves pet health, and also protects wildlife.

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