The RSPCA Bristol branch is marking this year’s World Spay Day by offering super discounted neutering for local cats and dogs throughout the month of March, for eligible pet owners on benefits and low incomes.
World Spay Day often focuses on promoting neutering to cat owners, but the RSPCA Bristol Branch is offering to help owners of dogs with a low cost neutering offer too.
The RSPCA Bristol Clinic already offers heavily discounted neutering for owners of bull breeds, an on-going scheme intended to help tackle the problem of overbreeding of these breeds in Bristol, but for the month of March they will be extending the low cost offer to all breeds.
Dr Mandy Stone, RSPCA Bristol Veterinary Manager, says, “It isn’t just staffies and staffie crosses that we see ending up in our care. Other breeds are being bred indiscriminately, often for profit - for instance we are seeing more Huskies and American Bulldogs being handed in or dumped at our doors. We would love to see some owners of these breeds taking us up on this special offer, to help address these welfare problems.”
Dog owners can book in and take up the discounted offer rate of £35 for females and £25 for males, whilst cat owners are able to benefit from the extremely low rate of £10 for both male and female cats. The price for both dogs and cats includes a microchip, if your pet is not already chipped, and a half price voucher for vaccinations (initial course or booster).
The offer also applies to kittens. “Cats can get pregnant while they are still kittens, which is why we advise that cats are spayed when they are four months old, before they are free to venture outdoors unsupervised, said Dr Mandy Stone, Veterinary Manager at RSPCA Bristol Clinic.
“Recent research has shown that 68% of litters of kittens in the UK are unplanned - and that some of these litters are born to cats who are just four months old. “Many people believe that cats should be allowed to have a litter of kittens before being spayed, but this simply isn’t true - the sooner a cat has been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped, the sooner she can do all the things cats enjoy doing, like exploring the outside world. Crucially it also gives you as the owner peace of mind that you have done everything you can to ensure the welfare of your pet.”
Spaying, which can be referred to as neutering, fixing or being ‘done’, prevents unwanted kittens and puppies, and can also protect your moggy or dog from developing potentially deadly diseases of the ovaries and uterus.
Male cats that haven’t been neutered are also more likely to roam and fight, putting them at risk of injury, infected wounds and contracting diseases, including FIV - the feline equivalent of HIV.
To find out more and book your appointment, please contact RSPCA Bristol Clinic on 0117 9724567 – places are limited so it will be first come first served. If you would like to take up the offer but have transport problems getting your pet to the RSPCA Clinic, please call to see if we can help.