Spay and neuter programs

The City of London manages two programs aimed at reducing the growing cat population in our city:

Feral Cats

Feral cats are the wild offspring of domestic cats that are primarily the result of pet owners’ abandonment, failure to confine or failure to spay or neuter their animals allowing them to breed uncontrolled. Feral cat colonies can be found in either rural or urban type areas.  Feral cats are prolific breeders, they are elusive and do not trust humans. One female cat can have up to three litters per year, with up to five kittens per litter which in turn can start breeding in six months.

Trap Neuter Return (TNR) program
What is the TNR program?

A community-based Trap Neuter Return (TNR) program has been developed to assist neighbourhoods within the geographic boundaries of the City of London cope with the increasing number of feral cats. Community members can receive no-charge spay/neuter surgery for free-roaming, unowned cats.

This program is only for unowned cats that are living outdoors and who will be returned outside where they were trapped. 

Hours and eligibility

Currently we are running the TNR drop-off program during the week (Monday to Friday) for residents to  bring in feral cats found within the City of London and receive no-charge surgery, vaccination, flea treatment, ear-tip, and deworming.

A maximum of 2 cats per day (per trapping location) can be dropped off in carriers or traps at the London Animal Care Centre between 9 and 10 a.m. and are picked up the same day between 3 and 3:15 p.m.

Renting humane live traps

Humane live-traps for the purpose of trapping feral cats are available to rent for 2 weeks for a refundable deposit of $80.

This can be arranged through animalservices@london.ca or by calling 519-661-2489 x 7368.

Questions?

 For more information about feral cat programs email animalservices@london.ca

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about feral cats
What is a feral cat colony?

Feral cats are not solitary in nature. They usually live as a group. Within this group there may be three to four generations of the same family. The size of the colony is dependant on the amount of the food source available to sustain the colony.

Where do feral cats live?

Feral cats live in both the city and in rural areas. Colonies are found anywhere there is a source of food, water and shelter be it in a dumpster, in an alley or under a porch

Can feral cats be domesticated?

Feral kittens can make good house cats if removed from the colony early enough and socialized with humans. Older feral cats can sometimes adapt but they generally resist domestication and are reluctant to trust humans.

What is the difference between a stray cat and a feral cat?

Stray cats were once pets. They are tame, friendly and will allow you to get close and pet them. Stray cats can be rescued and adopted to a home. They are sometimes vocal.

Feral cats were never tamed or socialized. They avoid humans and usually run away. Feral cats are very untrusting - so much so, they will wait to go to food if humans are in sight.

Why should we care about feral cats?

Feral cat colonies are a result of human neglect and therefore, the care of the feral cat population should be managed in a humane way.

Why not just end the life of a feral cat?

Trapping and euthanizing feral cats has been used for decades by municipalities across North America. This method has been shown to be ineffective, as the food source usually remains (dumpsters, rodents, etc.) and any remaining cats in the area will quickly repopulate or other colonies will move in and breed to capacity.

Is there a more humane and effective way for managing feral cats?

Yes. The Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) of feral cats and managing colonies is an emerging program that is growing in popularity mainly throughout the United States, Europe and is now gaining momentum in Canada.

Are feral cats really a problem in London?

Feral cats are a growing concern in the city because of their ability to reproduce and if this is not dealt with, the situation in London will not improve and it will become worse as the city grows. There are no estimates on the number of feral or stray cats in London. Limited information is available from other jurisdictions. Based on the reproductive cycle of a cat, the number could be quite significant.

 

 

Domestic Cats

Domestic cats are house pets and should be spayed or neutered. Our incentive program is intended to ease the financial burden some London households face when considering veterinary services.

Subsidized Spay/Neuter Incentive Program

To receive a copy of the Spay Neuter Agreement and Consent Form, please email animalservices@london.ca.

  • Only the owner or a trustee for an owner can apply for this program. A trustee must provide verification.
  • The applicant and dog/cat must reside within the geographic boundaries of London
  • Must provide proof that the owner is on Ontario works, Ontario Disability Support Program, living in subsidized housing, receiving ACSD for disabled child, or income is under the City of London Income threshold based on family size
  • The dog/cat must be licensed in the City of London and the applicant must provide the current Dog Licence or Cat Identification form.
  • The cat/dog must be healthy and over 4 months of age and not more than 6 years of age for dog and 8 years of age for cat. Cats/dogs must be over 2lbs in weight.
  • There is no expectation on the veterinarian’s part to do any additional services. This is a Spay/neuter incentive program only. All other procedures, surgeries, or care related to your pet must go through you regular veterinarian.
  • Our veterinarian has the right to refuse surgery if he/she feels there is a health risk.
  • There will be absolutely no rebooks or rescheduling within two weeks of spay/neuter surgery as it will be deemed a cancellation. Applicants who cancel or no-show will forfeit this incentive until next calendar year or 6 months whichever is greater.
  • Payment will be made at time of drop-off (starting January 2019).
Fees and Charges – London Animal Shelter Services

Fees and Charges 2020 – London Animal Shelter Services

Treatment Species & Product Cost
Surgery Cat Spay/Neuter $20
Surgery Dog Spay/Neuter $25
Microchipping  Cat/Dog $15
Exam Cat/Dog Brief Veterinary exam with S/N $10
Vaccines

Routine vaccines with S/N

FVRCP

DA2PP

Rabies

$5
Parasiticides De-wormer with S/N - Cat   $10
Parasiticides De-wormer with S/N - Dog (parasiticides include flea treatment) $20
Parasiticides Flea Treatment: One time with S/N - Cat $5
Parasiticides Flea Treatment: One time with S/N - Dog $10
Parasiticides Flea: Take home 2 additional applications - Cat $10
Parasiticides Flea: Take home 2 additional applications - Dog $20
Parasiticides Flea: Take home 7 additional applications Cat $20

The fee structure above will be implemented at London Animal Shelter Services to recover the costs of veterinary supplies and medicines, with only a slight above-cost rate to off-set any supplier increases that are projected to take place in January of 2020. This is in conjunction with the City of London Subsidized Spay/Neuter Program and is to off-set medical inventory costs. Additionally London Animal Services works closely with City of London Approved Fostering Organizations who are self-funded rescue groups with the goal of finding TNR kittens, strayed cats/dogs a home through adoption programs. London Animal Shelter Service can, for a very nominal cost, assist with medical care to ensure these homeless pets are ready for adoption. This service is only offered to City of London Approved Fostering Organizations, and only when all municipal shelter animals are first cared for and prepared for adoption. This is in conjunction with the City of London Trap S/N Release Program and Approved Fostering Organization agreement and is to off-set medical inventory costs.

Call Center (Booking Your Appointment) Hours of Operation:​​​​​​

Email: animalservices@london.ca

Phone: 519-661-2489, extension 7368

Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday to Sunday from Closed

London Animal Shelter Services- Animal Clinic Location

London Animal Shelter Services, UNIT 3, 1021 Wonderland Rd. South London (near Southdale Rd.)

Spay/Neuter Clinic Hours:

Monday - Friday (by appointment only)

Drop Off: 9:15 a.m. 

Pick Up: 3:00 to 3:15 p.m.

Please ensure that you arrive on time for your appointment (consider increasing travel time to accommodate for weather and traffic) as late appointments will not be honored.

Last modified:Friday, June 25, 2021