Nova Scotia SPCA Receives Grant of Nearly $40,000 from PetSmart Charities®
of Canada to Support Subsidized Spay/Neuter Surgeries Across the Province

Nova Scotia SPCA received $38,785 grant from PetSmart Charities™ of Canada one of the nation’s leading funders of animal welfare, to provide subsidized spay/neuter surgeries for owned pets across Nova Scotia in celebration of World Spay Day.

SPACE IS LIMITED! last year we received hundreds of applications with compelling testimonials from families in need.

2018 Program details:

Are you a caring pet owner who has been unable to get your pet spayed/neutered due to financial or other barriers? This program may be for you.

Applications will be open from January 2nd ongoing until all the spots are filled!  Apply early as space is limited.

If your application is selected you will be asked to provide proof of income to qualify for this special promotion.

Applications will be chosen based on the situation described in your application so please ensure you provide details about how much you require this assistance, other factors will be taken into consideration such as income level and available spots but the primary consideration is your situation and need.

Depending on demand there may be limits on the number of pets per household that can receive this subsidized spay/neuter.

Pets are a beloved part of our families.  Our hope is that this program will improve the lives of families aided by this initiative, not only the lives of the companion animals but also their human caretakers.  A spayed/neutered pet is less likely to become lost and stray, less likely to develop behaviour issues therefore more likely to remain with their family long term.

Many caring pet owners struggle to afford spay/neuter services before their pet reaches maturity by 5 months of age.  When a family pet has a litter, that adds to the overpopulation problem in Nova Scotia and puts a strain on the caretakers as well as shelters and rescue groups, even when rehomed privately those rehomed pets may eventually end up at a shelter or rescue.


Here are some examples of families who received assistance in 2017:


I always have my cats spayed and neutered at 6 months. Unfortunately, I am having a difficult time financially right now, and I thought I would be in a better position by the time they were 6 months.
They are sibling kittens, boy and a girl, I do not want them mating.
Spayed and neutered cats are the best cats and I wouldn’t want it any other way!
It would take a lot of stress off of myself and keep my kittens happy and healthier in the long run, if I were chosen for this program.

Testimonial after surgery:

Thanks so much for the opportunity to get Jackey spayed. A huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders!!!


We love our boy and girls but it’s hard to keep having batches of kittens. Our male continues to spray our house and has ruined many items however we love him dearly and couldn’t imagine not having him. This help would greatly improve our “fur kids” lifes as I am not financially able to provide this service to them myself. Thanks in advance.

Testimonial after surgery:

Thank you so much for picking us for spay day for our boy. I’ve sent along a before picture with him loving the kennel before we head to the vet as well as a after picture all snuggled up with his best buddy upon arriving home. This has meant the world to us because we no longer have to worry about him creating more kittens that may not end up in a loving home and it’s also saved alot of items as he sure liked to “spray” items with the lovely cat smell. Thanks again.

Volunteers may be needed to help get pets to their appointments throughout January and February, contact us if you are available to help pet owners who want their pet spayed/neutered overcome a common barrier – the lack or expense of transportation to and from the vet. Must have own transportation and valid drivers license. Volunteers will be asked to help with transporting cats, dog transports will be arranged with the SPCA vehicles equipped for safely transporting dogs.

By using our own SPCA Spay/Neuter Hospitals we have been able to keep the costs low, and a grant provided by Petsmart Charities has enabled us to further subsidize the cost so we can offer spay/neuter at an extremely subsidized rate.

The SPCA will be utilizing its own network of Spay/Neuter clinics located in Dartmouth and in Sydney.  Transportation help may be available to help low income pet owners from outside these areas reach the services.

If your application is not selected for this initiative, keep in mind all year round we have low cost spay/neuters offered at our Dartmouth and Sydney Hospitals for cats and dogs, and a program offered through our Kings SPCA shelter for cats only. Click here for more information:
Sydney Cape Breton

• Your pet’s lifespan may be extended due to disease reduction.
• Your pet may be less temperamental and more affectionate.
• Your pet is less likely to wander from home and be injured or killed by predators or motor vehicles.
• It prevents unwanted litters that many become strays and suffer from starvation and disease.
• Stops the spread of disease by sexual contact
• Spaying and neutering makes life easier around your home. Female pets won’t go into heat, so there’s no howling or need for messy doggy diapers.
• Reduces marking behavior and reduces the smell of urine.
• Spaying or neutering your pet early on can save you a lot of money down the road. You won’t have to care for unwanted litters and you will spend less money providing medical treatment for your pets since spayed or neutered pets also have fewer health problems.
• As an added bonus, spaying or neutering your dog results in lower registration fees in most municipalities!
• Pets do not need to reproduce to lead normal lives.

• Spayed/neutered animals will not become fatter or lazier if food is properly regulated.
• They will not become boring or miserable. In fact, they are often happier and more prepared to stay home!
• Spaying/neutering does not shorten your pet’s life. On the contrary, Spaying/neutering can prevent serious diseases of the reproductive organs.