Spaying and neutering your cat is the best thing for your cat and our community, but it’s also the law.
The City of Winnipeg’s bylaw states:
“No resident of the City of Winnipeg shall own a cat over the age of 6 months which has not been sterilized by a licensed Veterinary Surgeon unless the owner is in possession of a valid and subsisting permit for the cat.”
You can visit the City of Winnipeg’s Animal Services Department for more information.
Spay means to surgically remove the ovaries of a female animal and neuter means to castrate a male animal, thereby making it impossible for them to reproduce. This process is sometimes referred to as “fixing” or “sterilizing” as well. It is a very safe, common procedure and vital to controlling the animal population in our community.
We recommend you seek out a local veterinarian to fix your cat. It is a good way to establish a relationship with a doctor who will be very important in your animal’s life. Veterinarians can be found in the phone book. The cost is reasonable, and it will pay off in the long run. If you absolutely cannot afford to see a veterinarian, you can call our subsidized spay and neuter assistance program, SNAP at 204-888-SNAP.