Can you help us? It’s nicer to neuter!

Each year we are asked to take in hundreds of dogs and cats from Carlisle and its surrounding areas by owners who can no longer care for them, members of the public, other charities, or local councils. This can often be a very distressing but preventable situation for the animals and people involved.

Thankfully, there is a solution to reduce the number of animals needing rehoming in our local area. 
By neutering your pet, you are playing a vital part in ensuring that all dogs and cats have a loving home to call their own and reducing the overall number of stray animals. 

Did you know:                                                                               

Between 2018 and 2019, our Community Team neutered 330 feral cats in our local area. This prevents the spread of disease not only in feral cats but pet cats too. Neutering will also reduce the number of unwanted kittens in our area moving forward. 

By neutering your dog or cat you can reduce, and (in some cases if done early enough) eliminate, the risks of: 

  • Testicular/ Ovarian / womb / mammary / prostate cancers and some other tumours
  • Womb infections – “Pyometras” in female animals. This can easily become fatal if not treated (and are expensive to put right).

Neutering can also reduce the likelihood of your cat contracting a number of diseases such as FIV.

It’ll save you money.

It is very expensive to feed a litter of puppies or kittens. We often hear of pet owners expecting to earn a bit of extra money from breeding. The truth is, this rarely becomes a reality especially when you factor in feeding, veterinary bills and pet equipment. Often, if new homes cannot be found for the kittens or puppies, they find themselves in rehoming centres like Oak Tree.

Did you know:

On 6th April 2020 “Lucy’s Law” was passed by the government making it compulsory for breeders and rescue centres to be registered. This is great news and we hope to see the end of third party puppy and kitten sales across England. 

Say goodbye to certain unwanted behaviours.

Your pet will be less likely to call, mount, spray, roam, and all of the other things associated with an entire dog or cat. 
Your pet will less likely stray and is less likely to attract attention from nearby strays. 

Did you know: 

A female cat will come into season every three weeks if un-neutered and one female cat can be 
responsible for the birth of 20,000 kittens in only 5 years!

Contrary to urban myth, your pet won’t become fat and lazy.

Far from it – cats will still play and hunt, and dogs will still want to play and go for walks. 
However once neutered, your pets diet should be adjusted accordingly as their bodies will have less to do. 

You can speak with a member of our team for further information on feeding a neutered pet at

Neutering your pet will help reduce the number of animals suffering in your local area.

Unfortunately in many parts of the UK, unwanted and stray animals are still being euthanised as there are simply not enough homes for them. In Cumbria, we have found that we have hundreds, if not thousands of feral cats living, not only at farms, but urban areas of Cumbria too. This often stems from an unneutered cat becoming a stray and getting pregnant. With no owner to care for her, the kittens are left un-socialised. They then continue to breed and potentially spread diseases throughout the area. This ultimately leads to a feral cat colony.

If we all neutered our pets, the above could be largely prevented.

When can I neuter my pet?

A cat can get pregnant from 4 months of age, can have 3 litters a year, and will readily mate with their brother/sister/mother/father. We recommend getting your cat neutered by 4 months of age – if  not earlier. Here at Oak Tree, kittens are neutered from 8 weeks of age. 
There is absolutely no need for your cat to have a litter first – in fact it is safer not to. 

You can find a list of vets who neuter at younger ages at this site: (scroll down for a postcode finder)

If you are considering neutering your dog, each breed can be different in terms of when it is the right time to neuter. We advise speaking with your veterinarian to discuss your options. 

If you are struggling financially, you can contact our community department at to discuss your options for receiving pet neutering support.

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