Spay/Neuter Your Pet
Get informed, take action and save lives!
Pet overpopulation is at crisis levels in Ontario. Tens of thousands of dogs and cats end up on the streets or in shelters every year. Many homeless animals suffer neglect, abandonment and abuse.Spaying and neutering pets will reduce shelter intake and euthanasia. It can also reduce health risks, physical stress and improve behaviour. Fixed pets are also less likely to roam, reducing the risk of injury, accident and loss.
Pet overpopulation contributes to the cycle of neglect and abuse. Even finding homes for kittens and puppies is challenging because there are more adoptable pets than willing, adoptive homes.
Did you know?
- Pet overpopulation is at crisis levels in Ontario.
- The pet overpopulation issue is a direct result of animals left unaltered
- Each year, tens of thousands of dogs and cats end up on the streets, where they fall victim to neglect and abuse, or in shelters in search of new homes.
- Spaying and neutering will reduce shelter intake and euthanasia.
- Clinics utilizing this spay/neuter model have reduced shelter admissions and euthanasia by up to 70%!
- Spaying and neutering is a straight-forward medical procedure with many health benefits, including the reduction in the risk of developing certain cancers and illnesses
- Fixing your pet improves behaviour in cats and dogs.
Dispelling spay/neuter myths
Fixing my pet will make him/her overweight… Fixing your pet should not result in weight gain if your pet receives a healthy diet and sufficient exercise.
Fixing my pet interferes with nature… Domesticated dogs and cats are completely dependent on humans. It is our responsibility as their guardians to ensure that the number of companion animals born does not exceed the number of available homes.
All animals have the right to have one litter… Spaying a female cat or dog before she goes into heat even once will greatly reduce her risk of developing mammary, ovarian and uterine cancer.
Ontario SPCA Centre Veterinary Hospital
This clinic is a high volume, self-sustaining operation. The public, shelters and rescue groups are welcome, regardless of geography or income level. The pet overpopulation crisis is a direct result of animals left unaltered, so spay or neuter your pet today! Visit their website.
Spay / Neuter Assistance Programs
In The Georgian Triangle Area
GTHS is currently working with local municipalities to address cat overpopulation. We currently have four spay/neuter assistance programs running in the Georgian Triangle Area: Collingwood Cats, Meaford Cats, Wasaga Beach Cats and Clearview Cats.
Brought forth through a partnership between four municipalities – the Town of Collingwood, the Municipality of Meaford, the Town of Wasaga Beach, and Clearview Township – and the Georgian Triangle Humane Society (GTHS), these programs allow cat owners to apply for assistance in spaying or neutering their cat(s).
In addition to the initial funding provided by the Town of Collingwood for Collingwood Cats, the Municipality of Meaford for Meaford Cats, the Town of Wasaga Beach for Wasaga Beach Cats, and Clearview Township for Clearview Cats, GTHS will be fundraising to help support the program.
To Be Eligible For this Program:
- The applicant must be 18 years of age or older and must be a resident of the Town of Collingwood, the Township of Clearview, the Town of Meaford or Wasaga Beach
- The family annual household income must be no greater than the Statistics Canada Low Income Cut-Offs.
- The applicant must have a vet that is willing to work with them for this program. Click Here for a list of participating Veterinarians.
- Ability to contribute $75 towards the cost of the spay or neuter surgery
- Cats must be owned by a resident of the Town of Collingwood, The Municipality of Meaford, The Town of Wasaga Beach or Cearview Township.
- Cats must be greater than 5 months old and less than 7 years of age.
- Cats must be healthy (therefore do not have signs such as watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, runny noses or skin conditions)
- Cats are not noticeably pregnant
GTHS reserves the right to makes exceptions based on situation, status and urgency.
Note: For the health of your animal, GTHS recommends that they are vaccinated by a veterinarian at least two weeks prior to surgery
Any items that arise due to post operative complications will NOT be covered in this program
Download the application form for the area you live in:
Application forms are also available in print copy at the GTHS Animal Shelter located at 549 Tenth Line in Collingwood.
- Completed applications are to be submitted to GTHS via mail, in person at the Shelter, or email.
- All applicants must complete a phone or in person interview with a GTHS representative.
- Applicants will be notified once they have been approved for the program. This will be done on a case by case basis.
- Approved applicants may join a waiting list if necessary.
- A TBD number of applicants will be approved each month for this program. They will be notified to pick-up their Approved Collingwood Cats Package complete with pre and post operative care information, approved certificate, and educational materials. Payment will be received at the time the approved package is picked-up. The applicant will present this package to the veterinary clinic in which they book their appointment.
- Surgery must be completed within 30 days.
- A signed waiver, copy of application and copy of receipt of payment will be filed at the GTHS Animal Shelter.
- Balsam Veterinary Clinic, Collingwood
- Bellbrae Animal Hospital, Collingwood
- Collingwood Veterinary Services, Collingwood
- Abernant Veterinary Services, Stayner
- Stayner Veterinary Clinic, Stayner
- Ardiel Animal Hospital, Meaford
- Blue Mountain Veterinary Services, Blue Mountains
- Thornbury Veterinary Hospital, Thornbury
- Mountain Vista Veterinary Hospital, Collingwood
- River Road Veterinary Clinic, Wasaga Beach
- Wasaga Beach Veterinary Clinic, Wasaga Beach