The Spay/Neuter Clinic is a S.P.A.R.E.-operated facility that provides dog and cat sterilization services.
Spaying or neutering pets reduces the number of unwanted domesticated and stray animals, and plays an important part in reducing the cost of governmental stray animal control in the long run. The spaying of a cat or dog involves the removal of the female reproductive tract. It is best performed at 5 to 6 months of age. The neutering of a cat or dog involves the removal of the male testes. It is best performed after 5 months of age, or when the testes are fully developed.
For more information on spay/neuter costs, please contact us.
One of the most effective ways to control the stray animal population (and animal population in general) is through a rigorous Trap, Neuter and Release Program.
We therefore operate this program in areas around Cairo where there are large populations of stray animals off our own accord. We are always on the look out for areas were there are large numbers of stray animals, and we perform our TNR program there as a service to the community from S.P.A.R.E.
We also encourage people to contact us in the event that they live in an area that has many stray animals.
T - Trap: We catch stray communities of animals in a given area and take them to the clinic. They undergo thorough examinations and are treated for any ailments.
N - Neuter: We spay/neuter the animals and fully vaccinate them.
R - Release: We then release the animals back into the community.
This happens only if it is safe for them: meaning that people in the neighbourhood do not feel threatened by the animals in any way.
The concept of TNR is actually better for the community than shooting or poisoning the animals. Animals that are sterilized and return serve as guards, of sorts, against other animals occupying the area.
Nick de Souza, Regional Manager for World Society for the Protection of Animals in Africa on TNR:
“…Animals that are sterilized convert food to body mass more effectively and are therefore bigger and stronger and better able to defend their territories. They then prevent other animals immigrating into the area so the population remains stable.
They are also vaccinated against rabies, which provides some comfort to the residents in the area. The sterilized animals also live longer so the overall age of the population in the area goes up, these older animals have a wealth of experience and are less intrusive, causing fewer conflict incidents.”
We scout the area to assess the animals, and trap the ones we can catch. We then take them to the Shelter, where we operate on them, and we return them to their area within 72 hours.
In the interim, we offer orientation programs to the community, where we answer all questions as to how to deal with these animals.
Should some animals pose a threat to the community (overly aggressive, terminally ill) this animal is put to sleep in a humane manner so as not to have a negative impact on humans and other animals in the area.
If members of the community do not want the animals around at all, we will Shelter the ones that are the most abused, and we will put the others to sleep humanely.