Spay / Neuter Awareness Month February 2023

By Kaytie Grant

Last year we documented Spay / Neuter Awareness Month and this year we feel more compelled than ever to continue to spread the word about the importance of spaying or neutering.

2022 saw the largest number of cats and dogs spayed by IWCT in a single year. 1,307 to be exact. This year is set to be even more, with no Covid restrictions limiting movement and increased space at our new Treatment Centre.

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Continuing Awareness

There is much demand for our free spay and neuter clinic. As of January 2023, there is currently a 4 month wait list. With regular donations, we can plan how many clinics we can hold and how many dogs and cats we can operate on. We would hate to not be able to help someone who can’t afford the procedure due to lack of funds. 

Unfortunately, it’s not just the message about spaying and neutering we need to convey. It’s also knowing to have the procedure carried out by a qualified veterinarian. Just recently, we have seen two cases of testical banding. In one instance, a dog was banded which had caused huge swelling of the testicles, which were starting to lacerate. The other, a cat had become unwell when the lacerations to the banded testicles caused an infection. In both cases, the animals would have been in immense pain and discomfort. Fortunately, thanks to our vet team, both animals have now been correctly operated on and will make a full recovery. 

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Educating

Our Education Programme in schools, barangays and during clinics explains the importance of spaying and neutering correctly. We need more people to understand the benefits it can bring, as well as the population control of roaming dogs and cats. The more a community is on board with best practice, the more likely it will be implemented and information passed on so that eventually, the culture changes and spaying or neutering a dog becomes commonplace and not something one has to be encouraged to do.  

You can read more about the importance of spaying or neutering your dog or cat in this Education Topic.

It costs approx £22 for an IWCT vet to spay or neuter a dog or cat which is £10,000’s of our donations just going on this one programme. We need to offer more clinics to get the waitlist down but to that, we need increased support from our followers. If you can, please donate £22 to pay for a spay. Even just a contribution towards a spay will help. 

If you can’t help us financially, you can help by sharing our Educational material. We have leaflets available at the Treatment Centre which are free to pick up. Alternatively, you can share this blog, or any of our web pages about spays. Lastly, following us on Facebook and sharing our posts will go a long way to help promote responsible pet ownership.

Thank you. 

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