The Spay Day HRM Society is a Registered Charity located in Halifax, N.S. It was formed in 2011 to address the cat population explosion in the Halifax area that existed at that time. Family pets that are not spayed/neutered can reproduce several times a year, and within six months the offspring can reproduce. This contributes to the heartbreaking number of homeless animals, and the overburdened animal shelters.
Spay/neuter is the only humane permanent effective method of population control for cats. It is also important to a cat’s health as it can prevent certain kinds of cancers and infections..
There are 3 ways in which we work to provide humane population control for cats.
- We assist people on low income to have their cat spayed/neutered. Often these cats do not receive veterinary care due to the economic situation of the owner and continue to add to the cat population. Many of the people who contact us for assistance with their cats live in areas of social/assisted housing and in some of the most economically challenged neighbourhoods. We provide assistance in any and all ways. If there are literacy issues we will help fill out the paperwork; if they do not have a cat carrier to transport the cat we will provide one; if they do not have a car we will provide transportation for the cat to/from the veterinary appointment. We also provide education regarding the benefits of spaying/neutering, post-operative aftercare, and the importance of keeping their cat indoors.
- We partner with the SPCA and the City of Halifax on a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) project. This project focuses on feral cats – cats who have been born outdoors and are not socialized to humans. Using this method the cat is humanely trapped, taken to a veterinarian to be spayed/neutered, and returned to its colony where it is provided food and shelter by a caretaker. The cats who are returned to their colony live a better quality of life without mating behavior, but most importantly they cannot reproduce and add to the population. Research has shown this is the most humane, safe, and effective way to deal with feral cats. Any kittens who are trapped will be socialized, and adopted.
- We rescue and adopt out cats and kittens, many coming from the economically challenged neighbourhoods where we conduct our spay/neuter program. We make sure our rescues are all spayed/neutered and do not add to the cat population.
Since April of 2011, we have spayed and neutered 3588 cats. This has prevented the birth of literally thousands of unwanted kittens.
Spay Day HRM is 100% volunteer based. Our work is supported through donations, tribute gifts, fundraising events and sponsorship. Tax receipts will be provided for donations over $20.
Spay Day HRM has a network of caring volunteers who participate in fundraising activities, assist with TNR, and provide foster care for rescued cats and kittens. There are five members of the Board of Directors who provide expertise to the program: a book-keeper, an administrative professional, a DND member (retired), a sales/marketing professional, and a retired veterinarian/publisher.