Each year thousands of unwanted kittens and puppies are brought in to SPCA Auckland. They're found wandering the streets as strays or surrendered when owners don't want them anymore.

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.

We must act now!

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’.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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.


Applications for our desexing grant are now closed. Please keep this page bookmarked for future announcements. 

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 June FREE DESEXING campaign is now over and we had an incredibly successful campaign with over 1000 cats booked in. Our most successful June campaign to date!
A huge thank you to our fantastic participating vets, all of whom were fully booked:

Auckland Vet Centre, Care Vets Mt Wellington, Care Vets Takanini, Franklin Vet Services Waiuku, Great South Vets, Mangere Veterinary Clinic, Parkhill Vet Hospital, Pet Doctors Botany, Pet Doctors Manurewa, Remuera Vet Hospital, Town & Country, Vetcare Glen Innes, Vetcare Richmond Road, Vetcare Takanini, Veterinary Associates Takanini and Western Veterinary Clinic.

Thank you to everyone who booked in and helped create a better future for animals in need. Please keep this page bookmarked for future events. 


Our Community Cats Programme targets undesexed cats in the community to reduce the number of unwanted stray kittens. After a successful 2016-2017 running the programme, we will continue this into 2018.

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