TRURO, N.S. – A grant is helping the Nova Scotia SPCA (NS SPCA) get about 600 pets spayed and neutered this year.
The NS SPCA received a $38,785 grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada to provide subsidized spay/neuter surgeries for owned pets in low income homes.
“It has an impact across the province, and there are a lot of people from the Truro area applying,” said Heather Woodin, spokesperson for the NS SPCA. “We did almost 200 last year. This year we got more money so we’re hoping to do 600. We have over 500 applications so far. We have several set days assigned, and surgeries are being done now, and leading up to World Spay Day (Feb. 27).”
Surgeries are done at SPCA clinics in Dartmouth and Sydney. Cats from Colchester County and transported from Truro to Dartmouth.
“There are some heartbreaking situations out there,” said Woodin. “Most people really want to get their animals spayed or neutered. It makes cats less destructive and males smell less. Animals settle down more. There are some situations where people could lose their home if they don’t get their pets spayed and neutered.”
She noted that this time of year there is space to take in owned pets for surgery, but in May or June things change, with large numbers of cats and kittens arriving to be rehomed.
Low-income pet owners can apply for the subsidized spay/neuter program at http://spcans.ca/spca-vet-services/world-spay-day/