Spay Day HRM Society is a Registered Charity located in Halifax, N.S..
Spay Day HRM was formed in 2011 to address the undisputed cat population explosion in the Halifax area. We assist people of low income to have their cats 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. At this time there are no public funds for cats and the number of cats in need is great. Many of the cats we help are in areas of public housing and some of the most economically challenged neighbourhoods. We strive to over come the obstacles to having cats spayed or neutered. What are the obstaces, many! Some times it is as simple as no drive to get the cat to a clinic, or not having a cat carrier. Most often it is the financial challenge of paying for the spay or neuter. Some of the people we help do not have a telephone. There may be literacy issues to filling in paperwork or making calls. We make the clinic appointment, provide the cat carrier and the drive the cat to and from the appointment. We return the cat back home and discuss after care with the owner. We provide education to the cat owner on the benefits of spaying, neutering and keeping their cat indoors.
It is estimated that there are 40,000 – 100,000 feral and unwanted cats in the Halifax area. These animals may be the offspring of cherished family pets. Maybe someone’s cat got out just that one time, or maybe the litter was intentional, but efforts to find enough good homes failed. Family pets that aren’t spayed or neutered contribute to the number of homeless animals that enter shelters each year. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100 percent effective method of birth control for cats and a proven way to reduce the vast numbers. Pets who are spayed or neutered do not add to the heartbreaking tragedy of over population, and animal shelters are not over burdened with the unwanted animals. Spaying and neutering is also important to a pet’s health.
Since we started in April of 2011, we have spayed and neutered 2351 cats. This has prevented the birth of literally thousands of unwanted cats.
- 2011 – 123 cats spayed/neutered
- 2012 – 133 cats spayed/neutered
- 2013 – 362 cats spayed/neutered
- 2014 – 420 cats spayed/neutered
- 2015 – 394 cats spayed/neutered
- 2016 – 486 cats spayed/neutered
- 2017 – 433 cats spayed/neutered to date
Spay Day HRM activities are supported through donations, tribute gifts, fundraising events and sponsorship. Since we are a registered charity, tax receipts will be provided for donations over $20.
Spay Day HRM sometimes collaborates with other non-profit groups on trap-neuter-release projects (TNR) and in the building of shelters for feral cats. Spay Day HRM also provides advice and/or assistance to individuals wanting to help a stray, feral or injured cat.
Spay Day HRM has a network of caring volunteers who participate in fundraising activities and provide foster care for rescued cats and kittens. There are five members of the Board of Directors who bring varied skills to the program: a book-keeper, journalist, veterinary assistant, medical sales/professional presenter, retired veterinarian/professional publisher.
For additional information, mail to:
Spay Day HRM Society, 40 Lier Ridge, Halifax, N.S. B3P 0C7