One female cat can have as many as three litters a year. Dogs can have as many as two. With an average litter being four to six kittens or puppies, the burden placed on our shelter is too large to manage. Therefore, SPCA St. John’s offers a Spay and Neuter Assistance Program to reduce the population of animals needing homes.
This assistance program is for dog or cat owners on the Avalon Peninsula only. Residents of Bell Island please scroll down for the Bell IslandSpay and Neuter Assistance Program. At this time, we do not accept applications from residents of St. John’s. We encourage St. John’s residents to contact the City of St. John’s Humane Services Division by calling 311 for information about their Spay/Neuter Program or by visiting their website.
Benefits of spaying & neutering your pet:
Spaying or neutering your pet not only prevents the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens but can also help your animals lead a happier and healthier life. It eliminates the risk of certain types of cancer in both species and reduces the risk of mammary and uterine infections.
Additionally, spaying and neutering helps eliminate undesirable behaviours such as constant crying and irritating heat cycles of female cats and urine marking, roaming and aggression in male dogs. Additionally, pets that are spayed or neutered generally get along better when sharing the same household.
The SPCA St. John's SNAP program would not be possible without the support of the following veterinary clinics who perform the surgeries:
Applications will be accepted for the spaying or neutering of one cat or one dog per household and is based on financial need.
Your portion of the cost is $55.00 for a cat, $150.00 for a female dog, or $100.00 for a male dog.
Payment must be received seven days prior to the surgery booking, payable at the SPCA shelter located on RCAF Rd. or by a money order.
Cheques of any nature will not be accepted. Due to the overwhelming interest in this program, your application is valid only 30 days after approval. Once approved, it is important to submit payment immediately.
Once your payment is received, you will be notified of your pet's appointment at your choice of veterinary hospitals listed above. Appointment cancelations must be made with a minimum of 48 hours notice and the SPCA must be notified. If you fail to comply with the required period of notice, your application becomes invalid and your payment will not be refunded.
Applicants who are residents of St. John's must apply at Humane Services. For more information, please visit their website.
Bell Island Spay and Neuter Program
PetSmart Charities has been generously given SPCA St. John’s $30,000 in funding to assistant residents of Bell Island with the spay and neuter of their cats. In order to accommodate the transportation challenges that residents of Bell Island face, we are now offering a shuttle service to bring the cats into St. John's the day before the surgery and return them to their loving owners after recovering from the procedure. All residents can apply to the program, regardless of income status.
Countless feral and friendly kittens are being born outdoors where they starve, perish in the cold or succumb to disease because of the significant overpopulation problem faced across Newfoundland. There is no need for so many kittens to be born into this fate. In seven years, a female cat and her offspring can produce 450,000 cats.
Please help break the cycle today, and enquire at the SPCA about having your cat spayed or neutered for zero cost.
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