LEWISTON — Tuesday, Feb. 25, is World Spay Day, an international campaign of The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International to promote the life-saving benefits of spaying and neutering pets. 

To celebrate this national campaign, the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society will host their seventh World Spay Day at the shelter. GAHS will sponsor the spaying/neutering and rabies vaccinations for 20 female and 20 male cats for qualifying individuals for free on Feb. 25.

Additionally, for those low-income pet owners whose cats and kittens are in need of spaying but are unable to reserve a spot in the World Spay Day Clinic, the shelter invites them to call to learn about how their cat/kitten may qualify for the spay/neuter procedure and a rabies vaccination for just a $10 co-pay.

Since Spay Day’s inception in 1995, it is conservatively estimated that participants have spayed or neutered more than 1 million animals. It has been a proud achievement of Spay Day participants like the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society and other spay/neuter programs that the number of homeless cats and dogs euthanized in the U.S. has fallen from approximately 13.5 million in 1973 to fewer than 4 million currently.

GAHS provides a safe haven for more than 4,000 sick, homeless and abused animals in the greater Androscoggin area per year. The primary support for the shelter comes from fundraising events and donations of concerned citizens.

The Humane Society is at 55 Strawberry Ave. For more information on World Spay Day or other spay/neuter programs available through the Humane Society, call the shelter at 783-2311 or visit www.SavingPetsInMaine.org or www.facebook/GAHumane.