In the last year, an average of 900 animals came into SPCA Auckland every month. This puts huge pressure on services such as the animal hospital and the Inspectorate team. But it is more than just an SPCA problem – it's a community problem.
Desexing and responsible ownership are the only way to address the cause of unwanted animals being born, abused and neglected.
By stopping unwanted births of kittens and puppies, we can prevent the SPCA from being the ‘ambulance at the bottom of the cliff’.
What does desex mean?
Desex, spey, neuter, alter, castrate, sterilise or fix – they are all terms used to describe an operation that stops animals reproducing (make babies). A spey is an operation to remove the ovaries and uterus in a female. This means that she will not be able to have babies. A neuter is an operation to remove the testicles in a male. This means that he should not want to roam to find a female mate. He should also spray and mark (pee) on things less often.?
How old does my cat need to be?
Your cat can be desexed from approximately 3 months old and should be at least 1kg. Most cats reach sexual maturity when they are 4-6 months old and should be desexed before this happens.
Can you desex both male and female cats?
Yes, both male and female cats should be desexed.
If you have any other questions, please contact SPCA Auckland on 09 256 7300.
This year, we are investing in a focussed de-sexing strategy to really make an impact. We'll be combining short-term de-sexing campaigns which will make an immediate impact with long-term education and attitudinal change programmes.
Our three key initiatives for this year are:
Each campaign will target 400 to 500 cats through intensive de-sexing campaigns held in priority Auckland suburbs overpopulated with cats. You may be surprised to learn that a female cat can start reproducing as early as four months and have up to four litters of up to six kittens every year.
Our August desexing campaign has now finished, and we managed to book in around 600 cats and kittens for desexing. We would like to thank our supporters for spreading the word, and the following vet clinics who were pivotal in helping us with the desexing:
Our Community Cats Programme targets undesexed cats in the community to reduce the number of unwanted stray kittens. After a successful pilot in 2016, we will continue and expand the programme in 2017.
This year we will be launching a long-term education, awareness and behavioural change programme. This education campaign aims to create awareness of the animal over-population problem and the need to change behaviour around de-sexing.
This year, we are launching a new desexing initiative to help animal rescue organisations across Auckland.
From July 1 2017, SPCA Auckland will help local rescue organisations fund the cost of desexing animals of all species.
This new initiative is aimed at further addressing the high number of un-desexed, abandoned and unwanted animals in the wider community by working together with other rescues to create a better future for Auckland’s animals.
We believe desexing is one of the key ways to improve animal welfare in New Zealand and the best way for us to make a real difference is by working with other rescue organisations to reach even more animals.
Applications for our desexing grant are now closed.