Don't breed! - Don't give up!

This is the twelfth time when the National Animal Sterilization Action is launched. The campaign aims to promote sterilization as a way to combat animal homelessness.

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For the sake of a four-legged friend

Discard Myths learn The facts

Myth - every bitch or cat has to give birth to cubs at least once.
Fact - cubs are not needed for health and happiness.

Myth - Castration is dangerous and causes disease.
Fact - Castration is a simple procedure and protects against many deadly diseases.

Myth - puppies or kittens find homes easily.
Fact - thousands of unwanted animals are abandoned and killed every year.

Thousands of unwanted, newborn animals are euthanized every year, thrown in bags, boxes in garbage cans, in the forest, or humanely brought to shelters.

Thousands of animals end up in commercial shelters, becoming a source of income for their owners. In these shelters, the life of animals is a series of suffering, ordeal and a hell on earth prepared by man.
Most of them die in suffering or are massively euthanized. They die of malnutrition, due to untreated viral, skin, parasitic diseases, due to overflow - they bite each other in the struggle for survival. The sooner they end their lives, the greater the profit from such economic activity.

It is we who thoughtlessly breed animals that allow it. Do you have to breed your pet when thousands of other dogs and cats suffer in shelters and are killed?

The truth is that animals are born several times more than there are people willing to have them, who will look after them? From the moment of birth, they are doomed to premature death, let's protect them from such a fate. The birth of the offspring after our pet does not remove us from moral responsibility for their fate and for the fate of the next offspring - can we take such a far-reaching responsibility?

Choose a humane solution - castration of your four-legged friend.

Remember, sterilization does not take away from you the duties you undertook as the guardian of the accompanying animal.

The history of the National Sterilization Action dates back to 2000. At the beginning, it was organized only on one day a year (last Saturday in March) and only in Warsaw. Over the years, its popularity has grown among both pet owners and veterinarians. Since 2009, the Sterilization Action has been organized throughout March.

For the first time in the history of the National Sterilization Action, in 2010, from the beginning of the organization of the action, the following was announced: "March is the month of animal sterilization".

This year, the organizers of the campaign are:

The Association of Animal Defenders ARKA from Warsaw - originator of the action

FOR ANIMALS Foundation (branches in Katowice, Wrocław, Łódź and Grudziądz)

KOALA Animal Defenders Association from Zawiercie

KOCIE ŻYCIE Foundation from Wrocław

The main goal of the National Sterilization Action is to popularize the humane method of controlling the population of domestic animals in Poland. This method is sterilization / castration.

In particular, the action is designed to:

  • Allow dog and cat owners to save their pet on treatment at a promotional price.
    As the date of the campaign, we propose the entire month of March, and the maximum prices of treatments, including postoperative care (removal of stitches, possible administration of antibiotics, etc.) for problem-free procedures, we propose the following:
    • Bitch castration; small and medium female, weight up to 35 kg - 200 PLN, large female 250 PLN
    • kitten castration; 100 zloty
    • Dog castration; small and medium dogs up to 35 kg - PLN 120, large dogs PLN 170
    • Cat's castration; PLN 60

    • Increase the awareness of pet owners (cats and dogs) of their responsibility for their pets and their offspring.
    • Show a global view of the over-breeding of pets in the light of their existing overpopulation, homelessness, overcrowded shelters, mass and often tragic deaths or bestial killing.
    • Maximize the number of procedures performed in veterinary facilities that will join the action.

3. The animal should be registered by the caregiver for the procedure in good health and properly prepared for the procedure (surgery). The generally accepted rules for preparing the animal for surgery are described HERE. The veterinarian has the right (or actually it is an obligation) to withdraw from the previously arranged treatment if the animal is sick or the Caregiver does not prepare it properly.

4. The cost of carrying out tests to help diagnose the animal's health condition is borne by the animal's caregiver (eg blood, urine, ECG, ultrasound tests). The doctor who will operate the animal has the decisive opinion on the type of tests performed.

5. Veterinary facilities applying to participate in the action have the option of:

  • shortening or extending the duration of the action,
  • top-down determination of the number of promotional treatments performed as part of the campaign,
  • determining the weight limit for bitches operated on at the price specified in the campaign (while establishing promotional prices for bitches exceeding this weight),
  • additional reduction in the cost of treatments for one or all groups of animals (e.g. for males).


  1. Please check this year's list of health clinics (link in the menu) to see what rules of action have been adopted by the selected facility!
    1. Registration for treatments is made in the manner indicated by the doctor. A qualifying visit and additional (separately paid) tests may be necessary - as before any surgery. The doctor's instructions should not be underestimated.
    2. Please ask your doctor how to prepare your pet for the procedure. The generally accepted rules are described HERE.
    3. If it is necessary to cancel the procedure - please TELL YOUR DOCTOR ASAP AND ASAP, so that someone else can use the free space for the procedure!


Health considerations

Male castration prevents cancer, hernias and prostate diseases. Female sterilization prevents the occurrence of imaginary pregnancies and many dangerous diseases such as pyomyositis, tumors of the reproductive organs, and breast cancer.

Castration reduces the risk of contracting FelV and FIV.
Fighting males (through blood and saliva) and females during mating catch these diseases most often.
Do you want your outgoing pet to be exposed to a deadly disease, cut its life in half and go in torment just because you did not want to "hurt him" by neutering ..?

In males, the best date for this procedure is 6-8 months of age. Females are recommended to be sterilized before the first heat / heat - this minimizes the risk of possible future development of breast cancer to virtually zero. After the treatment at a young age, the animal recovers within 2-3 days. There are risks associated with the treatment of an elderly or sick animal, and it takes longer to recover. The cost of the procedure is higher.

Numbers speak

Cancers are: 90%
emerging tumors
in unsterilized cats

Responsible guardian

it does not allow its charges to reproduce, so as not to contribute to the tragedy of unwanted animals. A responsible guardian should sterilize / castrate them if they do not intend to use their pet for breeding purposes.

This procedure is the norm in all civilized countries and the most effective method of avoiding unnecessary income.

Better pet behavior

A castrated male
becomes less excitable and aggressive, does not fight rivals, does not look for a female, does not move away from home and does not run the risk of being hit or killed under the wheels of a car. The treatment carried out on males eliminates the habit of urine marking with an intense smell of the rooms in which he stays. Research also shows that neutered cats live longer.

An unsterilized kitten is a terrible meowing that lasts a few days and repeats after a week's break, calling males that mark the area with an unpleasant smell around the place where the calling kitten lives. It is also possible to mark the area with urine. These are hormonal storms that lead to the development of pyrethra or milky ridge tumors, one of the most malignant cancers. Hormonal contraception increases the risk of pyoma, where sterilization is ultimately necessary to save the cat's life, and the risk of developing breast tumors, in most cases ending in metastasis and death of the pet.

Sterilization / castration

is the commonly used term to describe a surgical procedure that deprives an animal of its ability to reproduce. This procedure can only be performed by a veterinarian and requires general anesthesia.

Currently, the world is shifting from sterilization to castration. Sterilization was a procedure consisting only in ligation or cutting of the fallopian tubes in the female or the vas deferens in the male. Leaving some of the reproductive organs was associated with their re-creation. In Poland, however, the term sterilization is still used in everyday language to refer to females, although in fact castration is performed.
In relation to males, it is customary to use the correct term castration.

Castration (commonly known as sterilization)
in females

Removal of the entire reproductive system - the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries are removed through an incision in the abdomen or a side incision. Before the procedure, the pet's tummy is shaved to ensure free access. Sometimes, after the procedure, the vet takes about ten days to remove the stitches - unless he uses a thread that dissolves in the body. Recovery takes place quickly, for a few days, during which the pet's movement should be restricted.

Male castration
The testicles are removed through incisions in the scrotum - the bag in which they are located. Usually, the incisions are left without suturing, as this is a minor procedure overall. Post-operative care usually involves only controlling scars, keeping them clean and dry. Many vets recommend that you keep your cat indoors (if it's a cat that goes outside).

Preparation for the castration procedure:

A female cat cannot be in heat.

Agree with your veterinarian at what time on the day before the procedure give the pet the last meal, most often before the treatment the pet must be fasted for min. 12 hours.

Two hours before surgery, stop drinking water.

Ask your doctor if you need a "doublet" to put it on your pet after surgery.

Take a blanket with you to the clinic! The operated animal should be warmly covered to prevent the body from cooling down, which is a side effect of anesthesia.

Take your pet's health record with you to the clinic so that the doctor can write down the procedure.

After the procedure, most often after about a few hours, the pet can be taken home, where it wakes up in a familiar environment, and in justified cases, it is also possible to leave the pet in the clinic for longer, even for one day under professional medical supervision.

How do we feed after the procedure: Because in animals subjected to the treatment of reproductive neutralization, hormonal changes in the body are associated with better metabolism and more intensive absorption of nutrients, some of them may be prone to weight gain. To avoid this, all you need is exercise and well-balanced, low-calorie meals. There are ready-made specialized feeds for neuters available on the market.

Material sources:, The ARKA Animal Defenders Association

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