As part of the World Spay Day commemorations, the Department of Animal Health and Livestock Development, the Lilongwe City Council and Lilongwe Society for the Protection of Animals (LSPCA) will this month organise additional free spay and neuter clinics that will run from February 25 to 27 at Area 4 primary school grounds in the capital, Lilongwe.
According to the Department of Animal Health and Livestock Development free spray day are in recognition of the 46 countries that participated in February 2011, Spay Day—which takes place each year on the last Tuesday of February,
“This day has been officially renamed …World Spay Day. Furthermore, the month of February is now “Spay Awareness Month,”says Benard Gonani director, Department of Animal Health in a statement.
The World Spay Day which will involve several events and activities aims at shining a spotlight on spay or neuter as a proven means of saving animals’ lives.
“The day also aims at providing veterinary services to Malawi’s low income communities that would have been otherwise impossible to access. Last year LSPCA managed to treat over 600 dogs and cats, 70 of which were spayed and neutered. We are hoping this year to at least triple this taryet with the help of volunteers from all over the globe,” Gonani said.
Spray day commemoration dates back to Doris Day Animal League (DDAL) in 7995, when Spay Day became a program of The Humane Society of the United states when DDAL combined operations with The Humane Society United States in 2006.
World Spay Day is the first and only international day of action to promote the spaying or neutering of pets.
In Malawi, Spay and Neuter Clinics (dog and cat sterilisations) are geared towards reducing the stray animal population and the incidence of rabies in Lilongwe through the reduction of unwanted puppies and kittens.
Spaying and neutering has many additional benefits to your pet’s health, such as reducing their risk of a road traffic accident and being by a rabid animal, and fights with other animals, by reducing their desire to roam.
It abolishes the risk of life threatening womb infections, childbirth complications and cancers before reproductive organs. Cancers such as transmissible venereal tumours are spread by intercourse, thus the incidence of this will be reduced.