World Spay Day 2017

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The story of World Spay Day

Wed 1st Mar 2017

Yesterday was World Spay Day - an International day of action that aims to highlight the importance of spaying and neutering cats, dogs and other animals. Whether these are much-loved pets or strays and street dogs, spaying helps reduce unwanted litters which is vitally important.

WVS performs spay and neutering surgeries every day, but to mark the occasion, we thought that you would like to see some updates from our veterinary teams all over the world. 

Ooty, India

In total, the India ITC have sterilised almost 800 dogs so far in 2017 (including ITC Ooty and our Jamtse project in Kollegal) and the team have also trained 33 vets/vet students. You can see some of the surgeries performed on World Spay Day in the below gallery.

​Goa, India

​The veterinary team at the Hicks ITC team in Goa has a stupendous day, in total, they performed 72 surgeries - 38 at the ITC, 20 at the Vasco ABC clinic and 14 on the WVS/Mission Rabies truck. Do take a look at some of their photos in the gallery below.


​Dr. Dagmar Mayer is currently working at the Blantyre SPCA in Malawi and they have also been very busy with World Spay Day as you can see from the photos below. Dagmar has came across a few TVT cases recently and performing sterilisations is an positive and proactive way to reduce the transmissions of TVTs.


As well as performing surgeries at our ITC in Chiang Mai, part of the Thailand team took a bus and a boat to the island of Koh Yao Yai on what is now affectionately known as 'Cat Island'. The veterinary outreach team have been working in the most basic of conditions as the island has no veterinary facilities and they have sterilised 260 cats. This really highlights the importance of our veterinary outreach clinics as well as World Spay Day too!

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