Desexing Works!

Thousands of unwanted kittens and puppies are brought into Wellington SPCA every year. They're found wandering the streets as strays or are surrendered when owners don't want them.

The life of stray animals can be brutal and short. Many are hit by cars, become very sick or are prone to abuse and starvation.

Often by the time kittens or puppies are brought to us, it's too late to save them. They are simply too weak or sick to survive.

In the last year, an average of 400 animals came into Wellington SPCA every month. This puts huge pressure on services such as our veterinary hospital and the Inspectorate. But it's more than just an SPCA problem, it's a community problem, because unfortunately the cycle of breeding continues.

WE MUST ACT NOW!

For every month that we are not desexing, animals will continue to breed and the problem escalates!

Sadly, New Zealand has many unwanted and neglected animals. Desexing and responsible ownership are the only ways to address the cause of unwanted animals being 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’.

To combat this, we have invested in a focused desexing strategy to really make an impact. We have combined short-term desexing campaigns with long-term education and attitudinal change programmes.

UNDERSTANDING CATS

A female cat can start reproducing from as young as five-months old, and can have up to four litters of up to six kittens each year (that's a maximum of 24 kittens).

Sadly, New Zealand has many unwanted and neglected animals. Desexing and responsible ownership are the only ways to address the cause of unwanted animals being 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’.To combat this, we have invested in a focussed desexing strategy to really make an impact. We have combined short-term desexing campaigns with long-term education and attitudinal change programmes.

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