The Spark Yoga community is passionate about pets—we see our staff and students taking strolls, engaging in photo shoots, and travelling the world with their four-legged friends. It’s another way that we know our community is composed of big hearts full of love and compassion for others. This is why we call to you to help spread the word about World Spay Day on February 24, 2015.
In honor of World Spay Day, Spark Yoga will be hosting a Support Drive Monday, February 23 to Sunday, March 1. The following items will be donated to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington:
- Mats--- donate your mat and receive 10% off a new mat in store!
- Blankets/towels--- donate 2 or more and receive 10% of a mat towel in store!
- Cash and/or card donations
According to the ASPCA “approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year”, of which 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats. Many of these animals are successfully adopted, yet a staggering 31 percent of dogs and 41 percent of cats are euthanized.
Although we don’t often explicitly notice the effects of overpopulation of stray animals, their growing numbers is concerning for a multitude of reasons. Various animal organizations cite that stray companion animals are a public health concern as they may carry serious diseases including rabies. Overpopulation also results in increased taxpayer spending for capture, impoundment, and/or to euthanize.
The primary concern, however, is that this epidemic is almost entirely preventable through human compassion and awareness. Companion animal suffering and death can be mitigated through the practice of spay and neutering. Spay USA stresses that companion animals “do not need our help to expand their numbers; they need our help to reduce their numbers until there are good homes for them all.” Cats are 45 times as prolific as humans and dogs 15 times as prolific. Reduction of this disparity means that each companion animal on the planet will experience greater care and a better life condition.
According to various organizations, there are many great benefits to spay and neutering your companion animals. The practice helps to reduce animals’ urge to roam and wander. Spay USA cites that 85 percent of dogs hit by cars are “unaltered”, indicating that spay and neutering practices helps to keep pets within the bounds of their learned territories. Sterilization can also increase your dog’s life 1 to 3 years, or your cat’s life 3 to 5 years due to a lowered risk of reproductive system cancers.
Fortunately, we live in a place that offers immense support and resources for stray companion animals, potential adopters, and pet parents. If you or someone you know has recently obtained a dog or cat, please consider spay or neutering for your four-legged friend. If you’ve been considering expanding your family to include a pet, please consider adopting before buying from a breeder or pet store. Adopted animals are already spayed or neutered, which means that you’re helping to break the cycle of suffering for overpopulated and underserved animals.
Here are some resources to expand your knowledge, or to find a local center to meet your needs: