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World Spay Day, held in February each year, aims to bring to light the effectiveness of spaying/neutering as a means of saving the lives of companion animals, community cats and streets dogs who might otherwise be put down in a shelter or killed on the street.
This year Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) got involved with two events at the 15 Mile community located outside of Darwin, and at the remote Indigenous community of Lake Nash (Alpurrurulam) near the Northern Territory-Queensland border.
AMRRIC's participation in the dog health program at 15 Mile community was in collaboration with the City of Palmerston and resulted in the desexing of 25 dogs and 3 cats. At Lake Nash AMRRIC provided veterinary, logistic and staff training support to the Barkly Regional Council on running a desexing clinic. This was the third visit to the Barkly community in 18 months and there were noticeable reductions in the number of community dogs and better general health in the dog population.
More than 700 events were held internationally this year, with over 67,000 pets spayed/neutered.
Source: AMRRIC, World Spay Day