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.
UPDATE: Bookings are now open for our first desexing campaign of the year.
From 5-16 March 2018 we are offering FREE DESEXING for cats and kittens in 12 targeted suburbs.
If your cat is not desexed and you live in:
Then please call us today on (09) 256 7310 to secure your free appointment.
Free desexing appointments are limited, so cat owners should call SPCA Auckland today on (09) 256 7310 to book early and avoid disappointment.
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.