NORTH Wales residents are being encouraged to take advantage of a spring neutering scheme which could stop thousands of unwanted animals being born.

The scheme is part of a collaboration between the North Wales RSPCA Branches, Cats Protection and pharmaceutical company Bayer.

This year the scheme will take place in February, March and April and offers all those eligible the opportunity to have their cat neutered for just £5.

In addition all cats neutered will receive one complimentary flea and worm treatment.

The scheme is available to all cat owners in receipt of a means tested benefit, (income support, housing benefit, council tax benefit, pension credit, state pension, income based ESA, income based JSA), tax credits, earning a low income, or a student.

RSPCA’s branch support specialist in North Wales, Carl Lloyd, said: “Last year the scheme resulted in nearly 700 cats being neutered, which was a great response.

“This year we are hoping to get even more cats neutered. Cats can start breeding as young as four months old and can mate with their brothers and sisters.

“Spaying or snipping your cat is a straightforward operation which prevents any unwanted pregnancies in female cats and can help reduce instances of fighting and roaming of male cats.

“Repeated breeding and fighting is unhealthy for cats and can increase the risk of disease.

“More than 40 veterinary practices across North Wales have joined the scheme, so we encourage people to find out where their nearest is so they can take advantage of this scheme.”

Cats Protection regional development manager for the North Midlands and North Wales, Rob Hall, said: “Cats Protection is delighted to be part of the North Wales Joint Neutering Scheme for 2015.

“Charities working together is so much more effective for on-going subsidised neutering of pet cats. It gives a united message, allows pooling of resources and makes neutering as affordable as possible for qualifying cat owners.

“At a time when finances are very constrained and education regarding responsible pet ownership is so important, the only way forward is continued joint working.

“This exciting initiative showcases what can be achieved when we pull together and should help to greatly reduce the number of unwanted cats and kittens in North Wales.”

Those wishing to take advantage of the scheme can call 0300 0 121212 (select option 2) or visit www.getyourcatdone.com. The website has been kindly donated by Designweb.

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