Animal Neutering/Spaying

Getting your animal spayed

To protect her from getting pregnant, your animal will need to go the vet to have a simple operation called spaying (also known as ‘fixing’, ‘neutering’ or ‘being done’).

One of the main objectives of the Association is operating a spaying and neutering scheme in the Algarve. Great headway has been made in the past decade throughout the Algarve in reducing the number of unwanted puppies and kittens being born and, despite the economic crisis, much credit must go to the many voluntary organisations, municipal councils and central veterinary authorities for the progress made. However, the problem continues and the spaying and neutering scheme (SNiPS) is a major part of work of the Association in helping to continue to try to eradicate the problem of unwanted litters.

Spaying prevents pets from giving birth to unwanted puppies or kittens. Spaying a female pet before she reaches sexual maturity greatly reduces the chances of developing breast cancer and completely eliminates the threat of uterine and ovarian cancer, as well as reducing the likelihood of uterine infection. These are all are common occurrences in unaltered females.

Neutering a male dog or cat prevents testicular tumours and may prevent prostate problems. Neutering also decreases the possibility of tumours and hernias, which are commonly observed in older, unaltered dogs.

The more pets that are spayed or neutered, the fewer dogs and cats that will have to be destroyed! If you feel that the costs of spaying/neutering are challenging financially, you should speak to your veterinarian about the possibility of seeking some financial assistance from APAA. Alternatively, download an application form (in pdf format)  here  and once duly completed and signed, scan and email it to or send it to our postal address (shown on the bottom of the form).

Look after her

When your female animal is about four-months-old, she will start to attract the attention of male animals who’ll want to have sex with her.

This is why it’s important to have her spayed before she is four-months-old to protect her from getting pregnant while she’s still young herself.

Getting your male animal snipped

Your male animal will need to have a simple operation, called the snip. This can stop him from spraying in your house to mark his territory, which can be very smelly, and getting nasty injuries from fights. He’ll also be less likely to wander off and get run over, as aniamls that are snipped tend to stay closer to home.

Having your animal snipped will protect him from a nasty disease called FIV – which is the same as HIV in people, but for animals. It’s spread through animal bites, often between males fighting over a female. It can’t be caught by people.

What’s involved in the operation?

Your animal will need to be dropped off at the vets, and picked up again later that same day.

The operation is very simple. He or she will be given an anaesthetic. Once they are back at home, they will need to stay in for a short time – your vet will advise – but they will soon be fit and well again.

Need help with the cost?                          

APAA: Lagoa and Algarve

Provides assistance with some medical cases and sterilisation
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SOS Algarve Animals: Loule and Algarve

Provides assistance with sterilisation of cats and dogs
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New Goldra Dog Sanctuary: Goldra, Loule

Private Shelter

Other charities, such as Cats Protection may also be able to help.