Why sterilize cats
and dogs

The number of dogs and cats in Kenya, whether owned or stray, is presently unknown. What is known is the number of offspring a female can produce yearly. And looking around our neighbourhoods, it is easy to see how the animals suffer through hunger, disease and abuse due to uncontrolled breeding and abandonment

Man and beast are exposed to increased health risks: dog bites and rabies are the main concern. The good news is that it has been proven that systematic sterilization of mainly dogs is the best way to help eradicate rabies, apart from vaccinating them. 

That is why TNR has sterilization of cats and dogs as a strategic goal. Our mobile clinic is a fully equipped operating theatre which is used to do hundreds of sterilizations. Any animals we have sterilized look markedly healthier, happier and less stressed as competition for a mate and food for pups and kittens has been eliminated. 

Good for your pocket

Owners are really happy that they have only one animal to feed instead of six every six months (dogs) and every four months for cats. Imagine the stress of rehoming so many little ones? Most people cannot do so and thus the babies end up on the street where they are likely to die soon.

Increases community health

It is easy to blame the ‘strays’’ or ‘the neighbour’s male pet. But let’s start with your own animals. It is often surprising how clever pets are when the hormones are raging: they escape climbing walls, breaking through or digging under fences. It is easily prevented: just neuter or spay your pet as soon as age allows. Read about the benefits for both yourself and your pet here below.

Different terms

Spaying consists of removing the female’s uterus and the ovaries. Neutering involves removal of the testicals. “Sterilization”, “fixing” or “altering” are terms also used.

Sterilization posts


Animals don’t think of themselves as male or female, they react instinctively and reproduce based on hormones.

Spay or neuter your cat around 4 months and your dog around 8 months of age. Consult your vet.

A little but in a positive way; generally a pet’s behaviour is calmer and more stable after they have been neutered/spayed.

Yes, absolutely. Generally, spayed and neutered pets live longer, happier lives.

No. Pets become fat and lazy as a result of over -eating, a lack of exercise or a medical condition.

Opinions vary amongst vets, but remember that “heat” is a three week period during which you have to protect your dog from unwanted pregnancy.

Spaying or neutering is not going to affect your dog’s desire or ability to protect your home.

Neutering a dog will decrease and could eliminate that kind of marking, which is a territorial behavior. Check with your vet that there are no other health problems involved.

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