Athlone Spay Week 2016

Athlone Spay Week 2016 from the 21st – 30th April is running in conjunction with AAW and local veterinary clinics.  Please contact AAW via email or phone only to avail of a discounted neuter/spay procedure from the following vets. We have a voucher system in place and you will need to have one before contacting the vet.



Athlone Animal Welfare is a local animal welfare group who are particularly concerned about the increasing number of feral cats, and the number of dogs being euthanized in Irish pounds every year. AAW believe prevention is better than cure.

As part of Spay Week Ireland 2016, and in an effort to encourage pet owners to neuter and spay their cats and dogs AAW dispel some of the myths, and highlight some of the benefits, of neutering your pet.

Neutering is a humane way to reduce the stray dog and cat populations. It helps prevent thousands of unwanted puppies being born each year that may be cruelly abandoned or needlessly destroyed. According to the ISPCA, a couple of unneutered cats and all their offspring can produce almost 12 million cats in 9 years; and one un-spayed dog and all her offspring can produce more than 4 million dogs in 7 years!!! Statistics confirm that thousands of dogs are euthanized in Irish pounds every year. Although there are no official figures available for numbers of stray or destroyed cats in Ireland, it is thought that the country’s feline destruction rate could be even higher than the canine equivalent. Having your pet neutered ensures that you are not contributing to this unnecessary and tragic waste of lives.

Neutering is a simple operation performed by a vet that prevents male and female dogs from reproducing by removing their sexual organs. For male dogs this is called ‘castration’, and for female dogs the procedure is called ‘spaying’. Both are routine procedures carried out under a general anaesthetic.


  • Through neutering, you can help your pet’s live happier, healthier and longer lives. Early neutering can help prevent uterine infections (pyometra) as well as mammary, uterine, ovarian and testicular cancer.
  • Neutering may help reduce aggressive and unwanted sexual behaviour, preventing fighting, mounting and being destructive. Dogs and cats that have been neutered are also less likely to mark their territory or stray and therefore less likely to be lost, stolen or hit by a car.
  • Neutering prevents the unnecessary costs of unplanned pregnancies and raising puppies. Plus, by preventing accidents caused by unruly behaviour, costly vets’ bills can be avoided.
  • Neutering encourages calmer, more predictable behaviour

Contrary to some beliefs:

  • The costs of having a litter are often more than the cost of neutering, as there could be complications requiring hospitalisation or surgery. Additionally, homes will have to be found for unwanted offspring or they may end up in animal shelters. So the cost of the pet as well as future generations should be considered.
  • Neutering does not directly lead to obesity. Pets can become overweight and less active as a result of overeating and lack of exercise rather than as a direct result of neutering.
  • It is wrong to allow domesticated animals to produce thousands of unwanted offspring that are eventually killed because there are not enough responsible homes. Domesticated animals share the human environment and their well-being is dependent on our care.
  • Female pets do no need to have at least 1 litter before being spayed. In fact, there are health benefits for your pet if they are neutered earlier rather than later.
  • Personality changes that may result from neutering are typically positive. Preventing the instinctual need to find a mate helps your pet stop roaming and becoming calmer; though not less protective of their territory.

Early neutering by six months of age is recommended since this guarantees that the animals will not be able to breed and over-populate a community.

To further encourage pet owners to neuter their cats and dogs, some local veterinary clinics have kindly offered a discount to a limited number of participants on neutering procedures from …