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With the large number of stray animals on Moscow streets, Moscow Animals strongly advocates neutering as one of the hallmarks of responsible pet ownership and the most humane way to reduce the stray population.

  • Too many puppies and kittens are born everyday to live and die on the streets, with no hope of ever finding a home.
  • Breeders and pet shops create another constant supply.
  • Irresponsible pet ownership, where animals are abandoned or have unwanted litter of puppies and kittens, further adds to the numbers.

Moscow Animals is working to ensure that every animal adopted from the shelters we support is neutered.


Hey, look at me! Just one day after my surgery and I'm already back on my Mom's treadmill!
(photo kindly provided by Beata de Groot)

What is neutering?

Neutering is a simple, quick and low risk operation that permanently prevents an animal from reproducing. A female animal is neutered (or “spayed”) by removing the womb and ovaries (an ovaro-hysterectomy). Males are castrated by removing the testicles. Both operations are straightforward - they are carried out under general anaesthetic and the animals recover quickly.

Why neuter?

As well as the obvious benefits of reducing the population of unwanted animals, neutering can be extremely beneficial to an animal’s health.

Un-neutered animals face potentially life threatening diseases such as cancer of the reproductive organs and infections such as pyometra (infection of the womb). Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease. Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when a female is spayed before her first season.

Furthermore, neutered dogs and cats (male and female) will no longer feel the urge to roam to look for a mate. This means there is less fighting due to sexual aggression, a lower risk of contracting contagious diseases, and an owned animal will be less prone to run away in search of a mate. That said, you should remember never to let cats or dogs venture outside on their own in Moscow - no matter whether they are neutered and vaccinated or not; it is simply too dangerous for the animal!

Most important, neutered animals live longer, healthier lives!

Many veterinary clinics in Moscow provide neutering services. You can find a small selection of vets and vet clinics here.