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Don't Litter - Spay or Neuter Your Pets

Every year thousands of animals must be euthanised because they are unhealthy, born into poor conditions and not cared for properly or because there are no homes for them.

You can help! Be a responsible pet owner! Spay and neuter your pets. Contact a veterinarian for professional advice - the sooner the better. Your veterinarian can fully explain spay and neuter procedures to you and discuss the best age at which to sterilize your pet. You can also call the City of Ottawa Spay/Neuter Clinic at 613-798-8970. (Please note that the Ottawa Humane Society does not offer spaying / neutering services to the public.)

The OHS is doing its part by ensuring that cats and dogs adopted from the shelter are spayed and neutered.

What does pet overpopulation have to do with me?
Everything. If your pet has one litter, even if you find homes for most of the puppiess and kittens, in one year, all the puppies or kittens could have litters of their own. Millions of dollars are spend annually to care for lost, abandoned and unwanted pets.

The Benefits of Spaying and Neutering
Spaying or neutering your pet has a variety of benefits including:

  • reducing the tendency in male cats and dogs to roam
  • eliminating the inconvenience of the heat cycle in female dogs and cats
  • providing better health in both male and female dogs and cats
  • eliminating spraying in most male cats
  • facilitating training
  • qualifying your pet for a reduced municipal license fee in Ottawa


So please don't litter — Prevent a litter.

Read the OHS position statement on spay/neuter.