Neutering plea issued by Calder Vets after huge spike in stray admissions

Milo, a stray cat brought to Calder Vets Dewsbury

We’re urging owners to neuter their cats after a huge spike in the number of strays being brought to our animal hospital.

We’ve been taking in a steady stream of strays at Dewsbury, with eight arriving in one week alone in May.

In many cases, our animal-loving team have rehomed the animals, including Milo (pictured), who is now living with practice manager Tracy Hemingway.

Another also has a new home with Adam Szefer, who is building the new Calder Vets practice in Halton, Leeds. He has taken one under his wing and named him Clive.

Tracy said: “We’re all animal lovers first and foremost, so any strays which come our way will always be well looked after and, in many cases, rehomed by our staff.

“However, it’s not an ideal situation. Looking after strays can be expensive and time-consuming as they will often have medical issues such as worms and fleas and are almost never microchipped.

“It’s really important for pet owners to take the important step of neutering their cats as it saves an awful lot of unnecessary heartache and stress further down the line.”

As well as limiting the number of abandoned litters in the county, neutering cats has several other benefits.

In tom cats it can stop them roaming and reduce the spread of disease through fighting and in females it will stop them coming into heat, which can be uncomfortable and cause them to roam for toms.

Calder also works closely with the Blue Cross, a charity which finds homes for unwanted dogs, cats, small animals and horses and has a rehoming centre in Wakefield. The team at Calder recently supported the Blue Cross through their second Tour de Calder Vets charity bike ride.

Calder Vets has practices in Dewsbury, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Horbury, Tingley, Denby Dale, Mirfield, Sandal, Brighouse, Heckmondwike, Penistone and Waterloo, with a new branch opening in Halton in July. For more information, visit www.caldervets.co.uk.

If you can offer an unwanted or stray cat a new home, visit www.bluecross.org.uk.