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Greenhill Humane Society Celebrates World Spay Day, February 25, 2020


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Greenhill Humane Society Celebrates World Spay Day, February 25, 2020
Greenhill’s Surgical Team performed over 2,864 spay/neuter surgeries last year

Eugene, OR – (February 21, 2020) – Tuesday, February 25 marks the 26th annual Wo­rld Spay Day, an international campaign that encourages people to save lives by spaying and neutering companion animals and feral cats.  Greenhill Humane Society acknowledges the importance of World Spay Day and promotes the message year-round.  In an effort to reduce the number of homeless animals born in Lane County, Greenhill alters all shelter animals before being adopted.

In addition to reducing unwanted or unplanned animal pregnancies, spaying or neutering an animal may improve the overall behavior and health of animals such as:

  • Improved behavior in spayed or neutered animals: Female cats may pace and be very vocal when in heat. Male cats and dogs may exhibit spraying, humping, aggression and the urge to roam.
  • Improved health and longevity: Spaying females prior to their first heat cycle prevents uterine infections and uterine cancer, and greatly reduces their risk of breast cancer. Neutering males prevents testicular cancer and enlargement of the prostate gland. 

“By spaying and neutering your pet you are not only making a positive impact by helping decrease the number of homeless animals in our community, but you are also improving the health of your own pet,” says Megan Brezovar, Community Engagement Manager at Greenhill.

As part of Greenhill’s mission, over 2,800 surgeries were performed last year by our surgical team.  Greenhill’s medical care including the ability to perform spay/neuter surgeries is supported by generous donors. In 2019, Greenhill cared for over 3,600 animals, a record number for the shelter in recent years. Greenhill pets are spayed or neutered prior to adoption, receive recommended vaccinations and are microchipped.

In June 2018, Greenhill broke ground on a $6 million building expansion of the animal shelter to improve the lives of the animals as well as the people who love them. As of July 2019, phase 1 of the construction project was completed including a new state-of-the-art dog housing and animal care facility and an expanded cat adoption area. Donations are still needed to complete the Veterinary Medical Hub that will greatly increase the level of care Greenhill can provide to animals in need. The new Veterinary Hub will feature dedicated space for the Trap-Neuter-Return program which cares for community cats, multiple exam and treatment rooms, a surgery suite, ICU and on-site x-ray capabilities.

For more information on the importance of spaying and neutering a pet, visit www.green-hill.org.

Greenhill Humane Society: Greenhill Humane Society has been caring for animals in Lane County since 1944.  It is a private, non-profit organization that relies on charitable donations. Greenhill is located at 88530 Green Hill Road in Eugene. We envision a community in which all companion animals have loving homes and are treated with compassion and respect.