Please note, the Dogs Trust neutering scheme now only operates in Northern Ireland. Due to the financial and operational challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, we made the difficult decision to close the neutering scheme in England, Scotland and Wales. For help related to neutering within these areas, please check local services which may be able to offer assistance.
Vet practices across the UK have been able to stay open during the pandemic, but the services they are able to offer will vary depending on local restrictions.
Neutering (although important) is a preventative healthcare procedure. As such, there may be delays in making surgical neutering appointments as Practises work on reduced staffing levels and assess which services to prioritise. If you suspect your female dog to have an unusual discharge or they are unwell (vomiting or abnormal drinking patterns) please contact your vet immediately.
Female dogs coming into season will need to be kept well apart from entire (non-castrated) male dogs living in the same household. Dogs should be kept in separate rooms of the house with doors closed to minimise frustration and provide additional safeguards. Where this isn’t possible, baby gates can be used but only under supervision and never left unattended. Ensure everyone in the household is aware of the risks and contributes in keeping them apart. This will be an unsettling time for both dogs so do ensure that you provide each dog with the same time, companionship and activity. You can read more on enrichment on our dedicated pages.
Please continue to review guidance on the determine a more appropriate time to book your appointment with a vet. This continues to be updated following the latest government advice.
Dogs Trust works with vets to provide subsidised neutering for dog owners living on means-tested benefits in Northern Ireland. We work with in partnership with Veterinary Practices to deliver our subsidised neutering programme. Through these partnerships, we have been able to reduce the cost to the owner to as little as £50 – the rest of the cost of the routine procedure is covered by Dogs Trust.
Dogs Trust subsidised neutering is available in Northern Ireland for those who meet the following criteria:
Is in receipt of means tested benefits:
- Income Support
- Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Council Tax Reduction/ Council Tax Support
- Universal Credit Pension Credit or a tenant of the NI Housing Executive
Owns one of the following listed breeds:
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- American Bull Dog
- German Shepherd
- Jack Russell Terrier
- Crossbreeds where one of the breeds is identifiable as one of those listed above
If you are a resident of Northern Ireland and are unsure if you qualify, or want to find your nearest participating vet, please call our neutering hotline: 0333 202 1148
If you qualify under the scheme, and have booked an appointment with a participating vet, simply take along proof of benefit and photo ID (or two forms of other ID) when you attend your veterinary appointment. The vet will charge you £50 and the rest of the cost will be settled by the vet with Dogs Trust.