Stop Press: New Campaign 2016 kicks off - 'Neuter your pet cat for just £5!'
Cats Protection is running a new neutering campaign in Birmingham - the B1 – B45 postcode areas - and it means pet cats can be neutered for just £5!
If you receive a state benefit, or are on a low household income or maybe a full-time student or pensioner, you should qualify for help. Here's the link for more information. http://www.cats.org.uk/bham
To get your cat neutered under this scheme please call 03000 12 12 12 (option 2).
The campaign only covers the cost of neutering - any extra costs must be covered by yourself.
The £5 scheme only covers pet cats and stray cats (where exhaustive efforts have been made to find an owner). If you have a feral cat, he or she can't be neutered under this scheme. Instead, please call the Cats Protection Neutering Helpline directly on 03000 12 12 12 (option 2) and you will be advised on what help is on offer. You may be referred to your local branch; this phone number is charged at local rates.
Neutering is the most effective way to reduce the numbers of unwanted cats and kittens.
We can offer vouchers towards the cost of neutering to those on certain benefits and low incomes. Currently (2016) these vouchers are worth £40 for a female and £25 for a male cat. We can provide a list of local vets to choose from - some may require a 'top up' on top of the voucher value.
Neutering prevents future generations of cats and kittens suffering the same plight of being left unwanted and abandoned, and helps those in financial difficulty to continue to enjoy their pets without running into problems.
No pussy-footing around – neuter now!
This page provides information on the benefits of neutering, what is involved and how the costs can be reduced via our voucher scheme. The benefit to the cat is considerable. Neutering ensures that you are not responsible for the increasing feral population of cats leaving more and more without homes, shelter, hungry, and on the streets. Please check with us or your vet about vouchers and costs. Leaflets are available in the following languages, please click on the language you wish to view the leaflet in: English, Urdu, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, Hindi
Why Neuter Cats?
• A female cat can start to reproduce from five months old and have up to three litters a year with five or six kittens per litter
• Male cats are fertile as early as six months old and each can impregnate hundreds of female cats every year
• Cats reproduce incredibly efficiently and a single female can be responsible for over 20,000 offspring in just five years
• A neutered cat makes a better pet; it is not as territorial, is less aggressive, more affectionate and less likely to wander. Neutered cats also usually live longer
• Neutering can literally save a cat's life. Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) are life-threatening diseases for cats. These diseases are transmitted through mating and fighting. Neutered cats are less likely to get into fights with other cats and won’t mate.
• Neutering is a simple operation which is carried out when the cat is over 16 weeks old - just before the onset of the cat's puberty
• Modern anaesthesia means that the cats are dealt with as 'day patients' and they can go home on the same day as the procedure is carried out
What if I can't afford it?
• Cats Protection offer financial help in the form of vouchers towards the neutering costs - as already outlined - within our postcodes in Birmingham: B6, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 34, 35, 36, 42, 43, 44, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76.
• Call the HELPLINE on 0345 260 1503 to apply for a voucher.
• Most local vets will accept our neutering vouchers. You may have to pay a small top up fee dependent on the vets scale of charges.
• You need a cat carrier and the ability to transport the cat to the vet usually by or before by 9am. Cats are normally collected after 4pm.
THE VOUCHER WILL BE POSTED TO YOUR HOME ADDRESS - BEST NOT TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT UNTIL THE VOUCHER ARRIVES.
Vets in North Birmingham where vouchers are accepted:
• Lydon Veterinary Centre, Kingstanding - 355 3305
• Scott’s Veterinary Clinic, Great Barr - 357 4286
• The Veterinary Clinic, Erdington – 373 4415
• Pype Hayes Vet Clinic, Pype Hayes – 350 2303
• Lodge Vets, Hodge Hill – 783 2327
• Manor Vets, Hagley Road - 429 2829
• Pet Vaccination Clinic, Lea Hall - 783 5085
Call us on: 0345 260 1503
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