What’s the big deal with spay/neuter?

by | General Pet Care |

Did you know the pet overpopulation issue is a direct result of animals left unaltered? Spaying and neutering is helping to solve this issue. Here are some facts and resources for animal parents looking to have their furry friend spayed or neutered to prevent unplanned puppies or kittens.

  • The pet overpopulation issue is a direct result of animals left unaltered.
  • Thousands of homeless animals across the province end up in shelters.
  • Spaying and neutering is a straightforward medical procedure with many health benefits. These include a reduction in the risk of developing certain cancers and illnesses.
  • By eliminating the drive to reproduce, spaying or neutering can eliminate unwanted behaviours such as aggression, the desire to wander or escape, and inappropriate urination or marking.
  • Clinics utilizing this spay/neuter model in the US have reduced shelter admissions and euthanasia by up to 70%!
  • In 2014, Toronto Animal Services estimated there were 100,000 feral cats in Metro Toronto.
Ontario SPCA Spay/Neuter services

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society Spay/Neuter Services are high-volume, self-sustaining operations. The public, shelters and rescue groups are welcome, regardless of geography or income level.

To be placed on a waiting list at one of our two locations, visit our booking site to register:

  • Ontario SPCA Centre Veterinary Hospital, Stouffville – just outside of Newmarket)
  • (Ontario SPCA Marion Vernon Memorial Animal Clinic, Barrie)


Additional Spay/Neuter options:

To find a veterinarian in your area, visit https://cvo.ca.thentiacloud.net/webs/cvo/register/

Spay/neuter services are also available through partnering organizations. See the list of organizations offering spay/neuter services at ontariospca.ca/spayneuter.

Spay it Forward

Change the future of animal wellness by donating the cost of a spay or neuter surgery for a cat/kitten or dog/puppy in our care. You can even send an e-card notifying a friend or family member of the gift you’ve made in their honour!

Thank you for doing your part to help Ontario’s animals!

Spay it forward here.



We have supported the OSPCA since 1951

We have supported OSPCA since our arrival in Canada in 1951.  Keep up the greatest  T.L.C. for animals.

-Paul & Des