Project information

Pet Neutering

To increase the proportion of neutered animals so that births match the number of available homes and no animals need to be killed because they are unwanted. For cats the population is in balance when approximately 80% have been neutered.


Charity information: RSPCA Cambridge

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  • Need


    Every year animal welfare charities struggle to rehome unwanted animals, and some have to be killed because no homes can be found.


    Fifty years ago, many thousands of kittens were killed every year as a means of population control. As spaying and neutering have become more affordable the situation has improved, but it is vital that low-income pet owners continue to have access to free or cheap neutering so that the numbers of unwanted litters do not soar once more.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce the percentage of un-neutered pets to 20% of the total population or less.


    » Provide low-cost pet neutering via our own clinic
    » Provide vouchers for part payment for spay/neuter to be used at local private vets (for people who cannot get to our clinic).

    What success will look like

    Success will be neutering 200 dogs and 200 cats annually.

  • Impact


    It will make it easier to find homes for puppies and kittens (and to some extent also for older cats). Success will be defined as a situation where kittens over 8 weeks old are rehomed within a month of coming into our care (younger kittens may need to stay in care until they are ready for rehoming).


    If any of the animals suffers complications following surgery we may need to help their owners with the cost of follow-up treatment. To mitigate this risk we will budget for (rare) needs to pay more than the normal cost of spay/neuter.


    We publish monthly statistics of animal welfare activity on the diary (blog) section of our website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 veterinary fees Payments to vets for spay/neuter operations

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    RSPCA HQ £1,000 Conditional
  • Background


    South Cambridgeshire


    Low income families with pets.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We already run an animal clinic and have a volunteer-run telephone helpline which is staffed 24/7. The volunteers running the phone helpline would be ideally placed to operate a voucher scheme for assistance with pet neutering costs.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Claire James

    Branch Chair, and the person who answers the rota phoneline during the day.

    Rosemary Mitchell

    Volunteer clinic manager, also on the phone rota.

    Rosemary Rodd

    Volunteer treasurer and also on the phone rota.


will enable us to spay one cat