As a responsible pet owner, it’s vital that you are able afford the cost of caring for your pet.
Tue 16 May 2017
As a responsible pet owner, it’s vital that you are able afford the cost of caring for your pet. In fact, you have a legal obligation to protect the health and welfare of your pet under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. However, even the most caring and conscientious pet owner may face times of unexpected financial hardship due to redundancy, illness or the breakdown of a relationship. So, what can you do if you need to spay or neuter your pet when money is tight?
There are a number of animal charities that may be able to help with the cost of spaying or neutering your pet.
The Blue Cross is one of the oldest animal welfare charities in the country, and specialises in rehoming unwanted and rescued pets. It also provides veterinary care to pet owners unable to afford private treatment. Pet owners will need to be in receipt of means tested benefits and live within specific catchment areas of a Blue Cross clinic or hospital. If you do not live within a catchment area, you may still be eligible for a grant or vouchers towards the cost of treatment.
The Dogs Trust is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK with centres throughout the country. It offers low cost neutering for pet owners who are in receipt of means tested benefits living in qualifying postcodes of the country. Low cost neutering is only available for owners of certain breeds of dog.
Cats protection is committed to reducing the thousands of unwanted cats and kittens each year by promoting effective neutering programs, and offering financial assistance towards the cost of neutering. Again, you will need to be in receipt of means tested benefits and live within certain catchment areas to qualify.
The Mayhew Animal Home is a charity based in London that offers free and low cost neteuring for cats, dogs and rabbits. The charity can also help with the cost of vaccination, microchipping, worming and flea treatments.
Founded by respected animal campaigner Celia Hammond, the Trust offers low cost neutering for owners of cats and dogs who are on a low income or in receipt of benefits.
Financial help towards neutering is essentially restricted to pet owners in receipt of means tested benefits, but in certain cases help may still be available. Remember, the resources of our welfare charities are extremely stretched, and charities rely on our goodwill and donations to provide these essential services to our pets.
Many vets now offer schemes and payment plans that allow you to spread the cost of neutering, vaccinations and other routine treatments over the year. The schemes tend to offer a significant saving on the normal cost of individual treatments and avoids the shock of unexpected veterinary bills too.
The cost of neutering can vary from vet to vet, so do shop around.