PRESS RELEASE: World Spay Day a Success Thanks to Community Support and Steele Mazda

Posted on: Friday, March 24th, 2017

Dartmouth, NS (March 24, 2017) – In 2017 the Nova Scotia SPCA joined in World Spay Day celebrations across the globe.  World Spay Day was an initiative first created in 1995 by the Doris Day Animal League and has now grown to events in over 708 countries promoting spaying/neutering.

The Nova Scotia SPCA’s World Spay Day event resulted in over 140 spay/neuter surgeries for pets belonging to low income families across Nova Scotia. Families who love and care deeply for their pets but could not afford surgeries, and thus were adding to the pet overpopulation problem.  With the support of caring community members and Steele Mazda these pets and families can remain united and happy.

Over the course of a 2-week period, the NS SPCA launched a GoFundMe page with donations matched by Steele Mazda. Through these fundraising efforts, they were successful in raising over $4500!

“The overwhelming need for help from the public was heartbreaking and the feedback from participating families was very inspiring. We are extremely grateful to every donor and Steele Mazda for matching donations, allowing us to make a positive impact to the lives of the families who were accepted into this program.” Says Elizabeth Murphy, CEO of the Nova Scotia SPCA

“Steele Mazda is thrilled to be involved with the SPCA and proud we’ve been able to contribute financially to help families who could not afford surgeries.  We have many pet-owner employees at the dealership and its heartwarming for us to see the success stories from Dartmouth shelter relating to World Spay Day” says Patrick Lawrence, General Manager Steele Mazda.

Responses were received from a vast array of communities from Yarmouth, to Cape Breton and many points in between. 64% of requests from help come from families with children and over half of applicants obtained their pet by helping a stray cat in need, or through classified ads.  Applicants communicated to us that they were attempting to do the best they could for their pet but were struggling to afford the one-time costs for the spay/neuter surgery.

Although World Spay Day has passed, across the province the NS SPCA has spay/neuter program in place to assist low-income families all year long. Contact 844-835-4798 or your local shelter if you need help locating these programs or wish to apply.

For examples of some testimonials from our World Spay Day Program – visit:


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Heather Woodin

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