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 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.
From 12-23 June 2017, we are offering free desexing for cats in 12 Auckland suburbs.
Around 5,000 kittens come into SPCA Auckland each year. Although our highest numbers arrive during the warmer summer months, our milder Auckland climate has extended the breeding season, and the number of cats born with nowhere to go is still very high.
In an effort to address this, we are focusing our desexing programme on 12 suburbs responsible for a significant number of the kittens coming into SPCA Auckland.
If your cat is not desexed and you live in Flat Bush, Henderson, Mangere, Manurewa, Massey, Mt Roskill, Mt Wellington, Otahuhu, Otara, Papakura, Papatoetoe or Pukekohe, call us today on (09) 256 7310 to secure your free appointment.