World Spay Day: Why we hate balls and ‘the sex’

katherine-heigl-hates-balls.jpgToday is World Spay Day, when we spread the word about this simple way to reduce pet overpopulation. But sometimes it’s hard to get the public to pay attention to this not-so-sexy topic.

So some organizations have come up with outrageous (and often hilarious) videos to get the message across. Here are a few of our favorites. Watch them, then share this post to help us get the word out!

Katherine Heigl Hates Balls

Katherine Heigl created this edgy campaign for the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation. According to the campaign’s website, I Hate Balls was developed “to reach into all pet-friendly hearts and homes with one surgically direct mission — fight the good fight against balls!” And it has. The video, released in fall 2011, has received over one million views on Funny or Die.


Sex Talk

According to PETA, this 2008 video in which two parents “can’t wait for their teenage daughter to get out there and start making babies … shows exactly how absurd it is when animal guardians refuse to spay or neuter their cats and dogs.”

Pet Population Control

I love it when non-animal welfare groups do their part to help homeless pets. Originally aired on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton’s TV station, this clip offers a funny take on one of the (real) benefits of neutering your dog: less humping!

You Could At Least Say Excuse Me

Positioned as “one man’s quest to stop animal overpopulation,” Help Joey was an ASPCA campaign in which Joey tried to stop intact pets from doing “the sex” using outlandish fake products like the one portrayed here. Read more about the effort.

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More about spaying and neutering your pet:

A beginner’s guide to feral cats and TNR

Why Spay or Neuter?

Low-cost Spay/Neuter Programs


When is a Puppy or Kitten Old Enough to Neuter?