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Accessible Spay/Neuter

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Animal welfare organizations and veterinarians widely agree that a key solution to the crisis of overpopulation and homelessness of companion animals is accessible spay/neuter surgery. Furthermore, accessible spay/neuter initiatives have positive outcomes for public health and safety. These outcomes translate to reduced public spending.

The CFHS’s report, The Case for Accessible Spay/Neuter in Canada lays out the evidence for these benefits and savings, and provides examples of successful initiatives that can be modelled in other communities. The report also makes recommendations for animal welfare organizations, the veterinary community, and governments to advance accessible spay/neuter.

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The Case for Accessible Spay/Neuter in Canada

Executive Summary

A Veterinary Private Practitioner’s Perspective on Accessible Spay/Neuter

A City Official’s Perspective on Accessible Spay/Neuter

The State of Spay/Neuter by the Numbers


“The invaluable information gathered in this report provides the foundation for all stakeholders to move forward working together to reduce the number of homeless and stray pets and ultimately end the need for euthanasia as a means of population control. By working in partnership, veterinarians, municipalities and animal welfare groups can spearhead efforts through accessible spay/neuter programs to create communities that are safe for everyone – animals and people.”

Lisa Koch
Executive Director
Regina Humane Society

Take action to advocate for accessible spay/neuter in your community

This section provides tools for you to advocate for accessible spay/neuter initiatives in your community by raising awareness of this critical animal welfare issue with local media and politicians. Key messages for meetings and interviews are provided, along with templates for letters and presentations to decision-makers.

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Advocacy advice

Key Messages for meetings and media interviews

Template of letter for you to send to decision-makers

Content for presentation to use in meetings with decision-makers

Implementation tools

This section provides tools to help you implement accessible spay/neuter initiatives in your community.

Community Spay/Neuter Needs Assessment: Tips and Recommendations

Educational Resources

Marketing Guidance

Budget Guidance

Funding Sources


“We experience the reality of pet overpopulation every day at our shelter. We firmly believe the key solution that will end the cycle of shelter overcrowding and unnecessary euthanasia will be providing greater opportunities for more pet owners to spay and neuter their pets. We intend to use this report to help ensure that becomes a reality in our province in the very near future.”

Kelly Mullaly
Executive Director
PEI Humane Society


Below are some inspiring public service announcements and documentary videos about spay/neuter.

From the BC SPCA

From the Montreal SPCA

From Best Friends

From Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force

Short documentary by Toronto Body Mind about the work of Toronto Feral Cat Coalition

Video made by 16-year-old Alexandra Cohen of the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee


Community Collaborations for the Advancement of Accessible Spay/Neuter

Presented by Kathy Innocente, Animal Care Manager and LeeAnn Sealey, Clinic Director

This session will focus on the challenges and successes that shelters/Humane Societies may face in collaborating with community veterinarians and rescue organizations. The webinar will share perspectives from an Animal Welfare Organization and Veterinarian point of view. Learn what worked and what didn’t, and what we are still learning today.

Watch the recorded webinar on YouTube

View the PowerPoint Presentation

The Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force: A Community Based Solution for Managing Companion Animal Populations

Presented by: Nancy Larsen, President and Co-founder and R.J. Bailot, Operations Manager and Co-founder of the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force

The Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force (ASNTF) is a dedicated and compassionate team of volunteer veterinarians, animal health technologists and general volunteers that provide proactive, community based pet wellness clinics for areas that are experiencing pet overpopulation issues, including First Nation communities. ASNTF’s primary goal is to improve the health and well-being of the dogs and cats in the community and to reduce human health issues that have resulted from this pet overpopulation. The Task Force has the ability to set up a MASH type surgical unit in a school gym, community centre or other venue within the community to spay and neuter up to 420 animals over one weekend.

Watch the recorded webinar on YouTube

View the PowerPoint Presentation

Saving Lives Through Prevention: Getting Serious about Cat Spay/Neuter

Presented by: Amy Morris, Policy and Outreach Officer, BCSPCA

This session for sheltering organizations focuses on making an effective transition to a prevention model, specifically around spaying and neutering. It reviews the importance of partnership, technology and data, and effective messaging to create long-term societal change. The webinar uses concrete examples to help you take your spay/neuter program from feeling like a drop in a bucket towards an empty shelter!

Watch the recorded webinar on YouTube

Download the Power Point presentation

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Benefits – EN small


Funding for this project was generously provided by PetSmart Charities of Canada

Special thanks to Lisa Koch of Regina Humane Society for her extraordinary contribution to this project.

We would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their contributions:
AASAO; Airport Animal Hospital, Regina SK; Alberta Animal Services;Alberta Spay-Neuter Task Force; ASPCA; BC SPCA; Dr. Johanna Booth, Toronto Animal Services / Toronto Street Cats; Calgary Humane Society; Kelly Campbell, PetSmart Charities; Lorne Chow, City of Regina; City of Ottawa Spay/Neuter Clinic; City of Regina; Canadian Veterinary Medical Association; Edmonton Humane Society; Sandra Flemming, Nova Scotia SPCA; Fredericton SPCA; Guelph Humane Society; Humane Alliance; Kelly Mullaly; Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society; Meow Foundation; Montreal SPCA; Newfoundland Department of Natural Resources; Ontario SPCA; Prince Edward Island Humane Society, Stephanie Rigby; Saskatoon SPCA; SpayAid PEI; Spay Day HRM; University of Guelph Library; Winnipeg Humane Society.

Finally, thank you to celebrity spokescats, Tiny (Fredericton SPCA) and Earl Grey (Spay Day HRM).

Project documents were translated by Pierre René de Cotret.

Design work for this project was provided by: Lola Design and Phil Communications

Funding for this project was generously provided by PetSmart Charities of Canada.


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