For being the shortest of all months, February is full of holidays and notable days and special days off of work and occasions worthy of being occasioned.
One of the most worthy of all falls on the last Tuesday of the month, and it involves our furry companions, both feline and canine. It's World Spay Day, a global reminder that pet populations still boom when the spaying and neutering of pets is not given the highest priority.
To remind us of its import, a number of civic leaders and representatives of animal protection organizations will gather at Los Angeles City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 24 to mark World Spay Day. Noted dog lover and Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson will be on hand, as well as Brenda Barnette, the general manager of the Los Angeles Animal Services Department.
Our city's own spay/neuter programs will receive a spotlight, as well as the message of World Spay Day: "(S)aving the lives of companion animals that otherwise might be euthanized."
Spay4LA, a Gary Michelson Found Animals Foundation grantee, will unveil its second mobile pet clinic, "a state-of-the-art hospital on wheels that will allow the organization to serve thousands more pets in areas that desperately need access to affordable spay/neuter services."
Tours of the mobile clinic will happen at the City Hall event, which is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 24. The Found Animals Foundations estimates that the clinic will provide around 5,000 spay and neuter surgeries in 2015.
The Found Animals Foundation, which focuses on ways to "reduce the number of pets euthanized in shelters each year," is based in Los Angeles.
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