Preventing Litters Tackles Pet Overpopulation at the Source

Increasing access to spay/neuter services key to reducing pet homelessness

Cat Spay/Neuter Surgery A car pulls up to an animal shelter and someone quickly unloads a box full of kittens or puppies. It’s the litter of a beloved family pet.

This scene plays out multiple times every day, and as a result more than 150,000 homeless pets enter Canadian shelters each year. Estimates say nearly a third of these pets wait months to be adopted. Many might never find homes.

PetSmart Charities™ of Canada knows this is a problem we can help to solve. Spay/neuter services prevent unplanned litters, reducing pet overpopulation from the start. Since our inception in 1999, PetSmart Charities of Canada has provided funding to subsidize more than 50,000 spay/neuter surgeries since our inception.

How we're Helping:

Spay/Neuter Programs. We’re fighting pet overpopulation at the local level. Spaying or neutering cats and dogs is the best way to prevent unplanned litters. PetSmart Charities of Canada works to increase access to affordable spay/neuter services by providing grants to fund spay/neuter programs offered by animal welfare organizations in communities across Canada.  

  • Targeted community grants provide support for low-cost spay/neuter services in communities based on:
    • Geographic location
    • Demographic and identified needs
    • Specific pet type or breeds
  • Free-roaming cat grants provide funding, strategic planning and mentoring for comprehensive Trap-Neuter-Return programs for community cats. 
  • Spay/neuter blitz grants fund programs aimed at quickly spaying or neutering a large number of cats:
    • “Happy Neuter Year” neuters male cats in January.
    • “Beat the Heat” spays female cats in February before they go into heat.
    • “Community Cats” spays or neuters community cats in August.
    • “Precious, Not Parents” informs communities about spay/neuter services for kittens.

Clinics: PetSmart Charities of Canada works closely with nonprofit clinics to provide equipment, tools and resources that enable clinics to spay or neuter more pets each year.

Education: We fund training for animal welfare groups to increase the availability of services throughout the country. PetSmart Charities of Canada hosts free webinars and sponsors conferences to provide continuing education for animal welfare professionals.

 We can reduce the homeless pet population by preventing unplanned litters.



Our lifesaving work across Canada depends on donations from caring pet lovers like you.