Spaying and Neutering your Pet

Spaying and Neutering your Pet

Two kittensSpaying and neutering (or sterilization) are surgical procedures performed by veterinarians that render cats incapable of breeding by removing their reproductive organs. Spaying and neutering is very important to control the pet population and for your pets health and well being. It can also reduce medical and behavioural problems. We recommend having your pet sterilized on or before 6 months of age. 

Elimination of Unwanted Litters

Sterilization ensures that your pet won’t contribute to the feline overpopulation problem. Even a cat that lives indoors may escape and produce kittens if not sterilized. Each year, millions of homeless cats are euthanized or end up in shelters due to a lack of good homes.
 Other benefits of sterilization:           

  • Decrease risk/elimination of reproductive cancers
  • Decreased rates of injury and disease transmission due to roaming
  • Decreased rates/elimination of hormone driven urine marking and other hormone related behaviours
UPDATE February 2019:

The City's neuter assistance program for male cats will be reopening in March.
The City's spay assistance program for female cats will be reopening in April.

Please check back for details and updated applications. 

The City does not provide a spay/neuter assistance program for dogs. Contact your veterinarian or check with your local SPCA to inquire about spaying or neutering your dog. A complete list of licensed Veterinary Clinics in Newfoundland and Labrador can be found at Newfoundland and Labrador Veterinary Medical Association.