February 24, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Spay Day USA

The Springfield-Greene County Animal Control Program encourages pet owners to have their pets spayed or neutered on February 24, Spay Day USA.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, four million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters across the United States each year. That’s about one every eight seconds.

The Springfield-Greene County Animal Control Program is able to keep its euthanasia numbers lower by working hard to reunite pets with their owners by placing dog and cat photos online. Staff also work successfully with local animal rescue agencies to reduce the number of animals that must be put down.

“Unfortunately, in an area that is growing in population, like Springfield, the pet population is also growing,” says Assistant Director of Health Clay Goddard.  “Having pets spayed or neutered is a proven method for successfully controlling the pet population in our area. It reduces the number of animals running at large, as well as the number of animals that must be euthanized.”

Responsible pet owners are encouraged to be a part of the solution by getting their pets spayed or neutered.

Media contact: Diane Carr, Senior Administrative Assistant (417) 864-1655

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Department of Public Information

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1010 • Fax: 417-864-1114 • springfieldmo.gov