Neutering is the surgical sterilisation of an animal. In the UK, spaying refers to the neutering of a female where the ovaries, oviduct, and uterus are removed, and castration refers to the neutering of a male where the testicles are removed. Neutering is a very common and safe procedure and should be performed by a qualified veterinarian.
It is our policy, and that of all responsible rescue centres, to have all the cats in our care neutered as soon as possible. We will usually also pay for the neutering of any kittens who are re-homed before they are old enough to be spayed or castrated.
One of the most important reasons for neutering animals is the sad but very real fact that there are just not enough loving owners available for all the animals needing homes. Rescue centres like ours are often full to bursting with unwanted, abandoned and stray animals, and every year we are inundated with kittens - most of which are the result of unplanned pregnancies and are often just dumped.
Despite being a small sanctuary, we never put a healthy cat down, but many other rescue centres cannot cope with the huge volume of homeless animals that end up in their care. Thousands of perfectly healthy animals are put-down every year just because there are not enough homes to go round.
And they are the lucky ones, many more don't even make it the sanctuaries and succumb to starvation, accidents, heat, cold, disease, or even cruelty. In her lifetime, one single un-spayed female could produce more than a 300 hundred kittens. How many of her female young will go on to have babies, and their female young? There are estimated to be over two and a half million strays already in Britain.
Neutering saves lives!
The Benefits of Neutering
Common Excuses not to Neuter
If you have any questions regarding neutering please talk to a qualified vet. We have a list of local vets who are always happy to help and will be able to offer you lots of advice.
Hornbeam Business Park, North Walsham NR28 0FX
22 Norwich Road
Aylsham, NR11 6BN
15 Weybourne Road
Sheringham, NR26 8HF
Unit 1, Old Station Yard
Norwich Rd, Cromer, NR27 0HF
Oakland House, Old Station Way
Holt, NR25 6DH
North Walsham, NR28 0JB