World Spay Day

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February is National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month in the US, and February 28th is World Spay Day this year.

Many rabies control programmes include some form of dog population management (DPM), usually sterilization. If it can be carried out on a large enough scale, sterilization can enhance rabies control efforts by contributing to a more stable population of longer lived (vaccinated) dogs. Particularly where uncontrolled reproduction in dog populations causes problems, building more responsible dog ownership, including improved veterinary care, vaccination and sterilization, leads to a healthier relationship between humans and dogs.

For more information about how to get involved, see the information and resources from the Humane Society International here.  If you are providing sterilisation services in a rabies endemic country – always remember to vaccinate against rabies when needed!