World Spay Day, an annual campaign sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, is upon us and veterinary clinics across the country are doing their part to raise awareness about spaying and neutering pets.
But what if you’re among the few who forgot to plan ahead? Not to worry. There’s still time to show your spay-neuter spirit—even on a smaller scale. Here are some easy-to-implement ideas to get you started:
1. Spread the word on social media. Remind your clients today is Spay Day by posting a cute picture, cartoon, or e-card on Facebook. But make sure you’ve got a serious message about the importance of spaying and neutering to go along with it. Or head over to Twitter with some facts about pet overpopulation and how spaying and neutering can help keep unwanted animals out of shelters. Here’s a sample tweet: About 6-8 million homeless animals enter shelters every year and almost half are put down. Save a life! Spay or neuter your pet. #SpayDay
2. Make it a team effort. Is your team talking up the importance of spaying and neutering—not just today, but every day? Everyone on your staff should be sharing the same message with clients, and today is a perfect day to start if you’ve been slack about it. Download this client handout about spaying and neutering and work it into discussions with pet owners. Call a quick team meeting today and make sure your staff is on board.
3. Think ahead to next year. It’s not too early to plan ahead. Head over to humanesociety.org/spayday to get some ideas and plan a brainstorming session with your team. Could your clinic host a fundraiser or offer a discount on spay-neuter surgeries? What about setting a goal to spay and neuter a certain number of animals and celebrate with a team party once you accomplish your goal? Make it fun!
4. Volunteer at a local shelter. You can volunteer your veterinary services on Spay Day—or any day of the year—at a nearby shelter. Help them out with low-cost surgeries or other services, such as vaccinations and wellness exams. Not only will you be doing your part to help homeless pets, but you’ll be building a good relationship with a nonprofit organization in your community.