RSPCA Bolton Branch

Registered Charity No. 232243


Assisted Neutering

For many years, Bolton has had a major problem with stray cats and dogs. Some are left behind when their owners move to a new area and have continuing litters of feral (semi-wild) cats / dogs.

Some owners are misinformed; believing it’s beneficial to allow their female cat or dog to have a litter of kittens/puppies.
Even if you’re lucky enough to find homes for your “babies”, how sure are you that they’ll prove to be “good homes”? Please, don’t add to the problem!


  • Prevent unwanted litters.
  • Reduce territorial urine marking (spraying)
  • Remove the strong “tomcat” smell, which can make keeping a male in the house so unpleasant.
  • Reduce dominance related problems where two dogs live together.
  • Reduce problem sexual behaviour in dogs (e.g. mounting table-legs, cushions etc.)
  • Reduce roaming in search of mates (meaning less risk of fights, road accidents, or loss)
  • Prevent life-threatening pyometra (infection of the uterus)
  • Stop females having phantom pregnancies or, more seriously, repeated pregnancies which will take their toll on her vitality.
  • Reduce the risk mammary (breast) cancer in females.
  • Prevent testicular cancer, and reduce the risk of other tumours, in males.
  • Stop female cats coming into heat every few weeks, and bitches twice a year – with the extreme hormone related behaviour that this entails.
  • Generally make a cat more friendly and affectionate.


  • Turn your pet into a characterless “wimp”.
  • Make your pet fat.

Bolton Branch may provide financial help to those in receipt of Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance or Housing Benefit – to assist with the cost of having their pets neutered.

With the co-operation of many vets in Bolton, who operate the British Veterinary Association’s “Low Cost Neutering Scheme” – pet owners may pay as little as £7 for a male cat to be castrated or £14 for a female to be spayed.
Under a similar scheme dogs may be neutered for as little as £25 (though with most vets the charge for neutering a dog varies considerably with the size of the animal).