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Animal Welfare

Help reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs

Spaying or neutering is a surgical operation which prevents your pet from having puppies or kittens. The operation is done painlessly while your pet is under anaesthetic. Your pet will then be less likely to stray and get into fights, and will lead a more comfortable and healthy life.

Rushcliffe Borough Council does not provide a discounted scheme for the spaying and neutering of pets

Thousands of healthy pets are destroyed across the UK every year because there are not enough homes for them, costing the UK taxpayer millions of pounds in boarding fees, vets bills and warden services.

If you have a pet it is your responsibility to make sure it is neutered to stop unwanted litters being born or being discarded later once you realise you can no longer care for the additional animals.

There are also behavioural and health benefits from neutering your pet:

  • It may make your pet calmer and lessen their aggression
  • It will stop male dogs running off and may make them more sociable and easier to handle
  • Your spayed female will not attract the unwanted attention of males and will stop having twice annual seasons
  • The chance of your pet developing a disease associated with the reproductive system will be far less likely.

Many charities offer help towards the financial costs of neutering, so take advice from them if you need help. Animals adopted from rescue centres are often already neutered. Vets also vary in the amount they charge for neutering. However, it remains the responsibility of the owner to neuter their pets and being able to afford the cost of neutering should be a consideration when taking a new dog on.

For more information on the benefits of neutering your pet, visit the Prevent unwanted pets website.



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