World Spay Day is Tuesday, February 27

Saving an animal won’t change the world…
but for the animal, the world changes forever.


by Richard Uhlhorn

Mayor Mike Cooney proclaimed that Tuesday, February 27, to be “World Spay Day” in the City of Chelan at the Chelan City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 13.

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Mayor Mike Cooney proclaimed Tuesday, February 27 “World Spay Day.”

Last year, according to Peri Gallucci, District Leader Volunteer for the Humane Society of the United States, the Spay/Neuter Program at the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society performed 3,654 Spay/Neuter surgeries in 2017 and has significantly reduced the intake and euthanasia of animals since the program’s inception in 1988.


Peri Gallucci
District Leader – Humane Society of the United States

In addition to the Humane Society, veterinarians, local and national protection organizations, and private citizens continue to work together to advocate the spaying and neutering of pets and community (feral) cats through “World Spay Day” in the United States and the world in 2017 and continue to join together to continue this work in 2018.

“There were 2,554 adoptions at the Wenatchee Humane Society last year,” said Gallucci. Unfortunately, the statistics are appalling. There are 2.4 million healthy and adoptable cats and dogs are put down in animal shelters each year due to the lack of critical resources and public awareness.

Over 90 percent of pets living in poverty (families that cannot afford to spay or neuter their pets) and 98 percent of feral and stray cats go unaltered. If you have one male cat and one female cat that are unaltered and they are left to breed, you’ll end up with 12 cats in the first year, 67 in the second year, 376 in the third year, 2,107 in the fourth year and it goes on and on. By the time you have reached the seventh year, 480,000 cats will have been born.

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Feral Cats that have been unaltered can breed up to 480,000 cats in seven years. 

The Wenatchee Humane Society has a program to help low income people spay or neuter their pet. Through this program, we will reduce the number of cats and kittens coming into our shelter and give more of them another chance for a long and healthy life.

The goal is to make this crucial veterinary service available so recipients will continue with regular veterinary care and reap the benefits of maintaining a healthy pet with local veterinarians.

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There is also a program where community cats (feral) can be brought in for spaying or neutering and then returned to their haunts without adding to an ever growing problem.

If you are looking to adopt a pet, the Wenatchee Humane Society spays or neuters all dogs, puppies, cats and kittens before they leave for their new homes. Regular adoption fees for dogs start at $110, adult cats range from $25- $65 and the fee to adopt kittens is $75 unless there are special prices listed in the pet’s description.

The adoption fee includes spay or neuter, well health exam, a microchip and initial vaccinations. The Society’s adoption fees are far less expensive than having each of these services performed on your own.

For more information on these programs, call the Wenatchee Humane Society at (509) 662-9577 or visit their website at:

Author: allthingslakechelan

I have been a journalist, photojournalist and reporter in the Lake Chelan Valley since 1988; first with the Wenatchee World, then 15 years at the Lake Chelan Mirror and another 12 years at GoLakeChelan. Currently, I am semi-retired but can't give up the media gig which is why I started All Things Lake Chelan blog. I also have two social media platforms; allthingslakechelan/facebook and lakechelansportsandrecration/facebook. I am also a professional photographer with many credits with major outlets around the world.

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