You may be aware that Cats Protection have temporarily suspended their neutering voucher scheme in Northern Ireland. Because of this, many people who want to get feral cats neutered but do not have the finances, may find it difficult to do so.
Because of this, and as part of our commitment to help feral cat population where possible through our Project Wildcat, we are setting aside funds to be used specifically for neutering ferals.
Unfortunately, we cannot help with the actual trapping of the cats as we are all volunteers and have full time job commitments.
However, we can supply weather-proof cat kennels if your ferals have no shelter.
This initiative is subject to the following conditions in line with our NO KILL Policy-
- If the Mum is with young babies still suckling, you must not get the mum neutered until the babies are able to eat. We will endeavour, where possible, to take in the kittens at this point.
- If mum is found to be pregnant, the vet must not go ahead with the spaying, she must be allowed to continue with her pregnancy and weaning her babies. This could involve putting mum back until she gives birth & catching her later.
- We will also help in every way to re-home the kittens. If they are 4-6 weeks we will try to take them in to find them a home. If they are older it may be a problem if they have turned feral.
- We don't promote kittens getting neutered too young - no younger than about 5 months – as we believe it is not good for their internal development.
- If any cats to be neutered are ill, we need to know in advance & will discuss options with our vet re costs/treatment etc. first.
All neutering would go through our designated vet - Cornerstone Vets, Castlereagh Road. He works long hours from 7.30 - 8pm during week & on Sat morning. Any neutering would have to be agreed in advance with us, so that we would know if we had the funds to cover it & know what bill to expect. We would then contact the vet to notify that we are agreeing to pay this and to ensure we are billed immediately after the operation. We may look to set up a similar arrangement with another vet, but we consider that option on a case by case basis.
Please contact us if you would like us to help.
If you have taken a rescued animal from us, we will pay the costs of the neutering or speying of the animal.
Please contact us and we will send you details to take to your nearest vet.
Cats Protection may be able to help provide you with a voucher which will allow you to get your cat neutered for £5. However you must be on state benefits, on a low income, a student, on housing benefit and live in Northern Ireland to qualify.
For more information about this, call the Cats Protection to get your cat neutering voucher on 08458 734780 or your local vet to check if they are participating.
It can be used at your local vets. (See a map of the participating veterinary practices)
See link below for more details
UPDATE: Unfortunately Cat's Protection have stopped providing any vouchers in Northern Ireland and will review this in 2012.
If you have feral cats requiring neutering in the meantime, please contact us. Our funds for this are limited, but we will try to help you.
Dogs Trust may be able to help you if you are on benefits or income support. Call Dog's Trust on 0845 606 3036 for details