The AWPA works to eradicate rabies through the humane control of the population of dogs and cats by spaying, neutering and vaccinating
Overpopulation of unwanted and ownerless dogs is the direct result of animals left unsterilised in our communities
Homeless dogs are a threat to the general public due to the risk of rabies. According to the World Health Organization killing homeless dogs cannot provide a long term solution to the problem of rabies
One Female dog can have around 12 puppies an year
In six years, one female dog and her offspring could give birth to 67,000 more pups
One male dog mates with at least 4 females a season
One male dog fathers at an umpteen amount of pups a year
One pair of cats could exponentially produce 420,000 kittens in seven years
This is the only humane solution for this problem
Spay (Sterilise) and Neuter dogs and cats
Spaying and Neutering
One of the most important health decisions you’ll make for your pet or the community dog or cat you may be feeding, is to spay or neuter it. Spaying, or sterilising as it is commonly known is the surgical procedure of removing the ovaries and uterus of a female pet, while neutering is the removal of the testicles of a male dog or cat.
Spaying and neutering contributes not only to the control of the pet population, but it also minimizes the spread of rabies among domestic animals. When the pet and stray population is controlled, it reduces the number of unwanted pups and kittens which would result in the dumping of these innocent animals, thus reducing the suffering of strays. Spaying and neutering has its own specific benefits for male and female animals.
Benefits for your female pets
- They will live a longer, healthier life.
Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. Also it would prevent transmission of venereal infection
- Spayed female cats or dogs won’t go into heat.
If a complete hysterectomy is performed, it would prevent the female animal coming into heat thereby preventing the attraction of male animals to her. While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house! With street dogs and cats, this reduces the fights they get into, over a female in heat, and the resultant injuries they may face.
Benefits for your male pet
- Neutering provides health benefits for the male pet.
Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male dog or cat prevents testicular cancer if done before six months of age. It would also prevent the contraction of venereal diseases.
- Neutered male dog or cat would not want to roam away from home if there happens to be a female in heat in the neighbourhood.
Male animals tend to go off food, and howl when there is a female animal in heat within a 1km radius. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate, including digging his way under the fence, becoming aggressive and going off in search of a mate. It is during such times that road accidents of male pets occur. There is also a tendency for them to get into fights with other unknown male animals.
Thus by neutering your male pet, you would be able to ensure the safety of your pet, as it no longer would want to wander away from home..
- Neutered males will be much better behaved.
Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families.
Unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering
Considering the above, we appeal to you to sterilize your pets. Currently AWPA operate two scheme of Steralisation / neutering projects.
Programs which steralise/ neuter cats and dogs, catering to 30- 60 animals at each program
Please contact us for assistance, should you need any street dog or cat in your neighbourhood sterilized/ neutered. We also welcome donations towards sponsorship of AWPA spaying programs. The sterilization cost varies depending from the animal (male/female or dog/cat) and the location the sterilization is done (during a campaign or through a referral). On average it’s around LKR. 3,500. If you would like to donate towards a sterilization campaign the cost is LKR. 2,500 for a cat and LKR. 3,500 for a dog.
Given above are the number of sterilizations we have done over the years.