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Snip ‘n’ Chip is back!
We are now offering free feline desexing and microchipping for owners throughout Auckland who hold either a Community Services Card or Gold Card. If you don’t hold either of these, you can still take advantage of this programme by purchasing discounted desexing and microchipping vouchers for $45.
2021 vouchers are valid until 30th June 2021.
SPCA’s Mangere Centre has worked hard in recent years to address the problem of too many kittens being born unwanted.
To provide free desexing to as wide a community as possible, the vouchers will allow anyone across Auckland to use the offer.
The aim is to reach out to those who cannot afford the desexing operation or may not normally consider having their cat desexed to use this opportunity.
It is now easy for Auckland cat owners to register online using this form. Registrations are now open.
Cat owners have responded extremely well to our free campaigns and we had over 1,700 cats register for our 2020 Snip ‘n’ Chip programme.
Scientific research has proven that a desexed animal lives a happier and healthier life. They are less likely to get into fights, can be more affectionate and friendly and have a reduced risk of health problems such as cancer.
We believe desexing is one of the key ways to improve animal welfare in New Zealand, and would like to thank the participating vets in advance for their help with the campaign.
What is desexing?
There are many different words to describe this procedure (desexing, spaying, neutering, altering, castration, sterilisation etc.), but they all refer to the surgical removal of the animals’ reproductive system to prevent breeding (having babies).
Should I desex my cat?
Yes! Both male and female cats can, and should, be desexed.
Desexing is an important component of population control and has many benefits for your animal. Unlike people, animals don’t experience the concepts of sexual identity or ego, and do not feel self-conscious after being desexed.
At what age should my cat be desexed?
SPCA supports pre-pubertal desexing - that is desexing before the animal reaches puberty and is able to reproduce. We recommend that all companion animals are desexed as early as possible in accordance with veterinary advice.
Should my female cat have a litter before being desexed?
No! Well-meaning people may tell you that your female cat should have a litter or experience a heat cycle/season before she is desexed. However, veterinary science tells us that the opposite is true! Female animals that have not been spayed are at higher risk of developing cancers of the uterus, ovaries and mammary glands, as well as suffering from complications of pregnancy and birthing.
For more information on desexing please see our advice article.