More unwanted Staffies – please don’t add to the over population of companion animals by breeding more


All too often the RSPCA is asked to take in unwanted animals.  Inspectors come across situations where  owners have allowed their animals to breed and the problem has escalated out of control, with terrible consequences.

Too many animals are bred without thought for their future. They end up being owned by people who can’t provide for their needs.

Our aim is to tackle the over population of companion animals by promoting responsible pet ownership and neutering to prevent unwanted litters being born.

Neutering schemes and financial assistance

Having an animal neutered is ultimately something that remains an owner’s responsibility, something which is part and parcel of having a pet.   We strongly suggest owners of puppies, kittens and small furries should start saving towards the cost of having their pet neutered when they acquire them, to enable them to meet the cost when their pet is old enough to be neutered.

However, we are receiving ever increasing demands from owners who are unwilling  to save even £5 per week to pay to have their pet neutered, although they can afford mobile phones, computers with broadband access,  satellite tv etc.

We may be able to offer some financial assistance towards the cost of neutering your pet, if you are genuinely struggling to meet the full cost  provided you are in receipt of certain means-tested benefits and live within our branch area (see branch map on Contact Us page).

For further information about financial help towards neutering contact the branch on

Tel: 079 723 686 02
Email: info [AT] rspca-darlington [DOT] co [DOT] uk

We strongly recommend that you have your pet  neutered. Here are links to our neutering application forms: Cat Neutering & Dog Neutering

Myths & Facts


  • It is an a old wives tale that you should let your female cat have one litter!.
  • Putting butter on a cat’s paw will not stop it wandering!

RSPCA animal centres are full of unwanted kittens and cats begging for homes and by letting your cat breed you have deprived these cats of a home!

Local animal charities are not here to fund pet ownership.   Sadly this attitude is becoming more and more common.  We will help where possible but we do not have a bottomless pit of money.


Female cats are in season 8 months of the year beginning early spring. A female cat can and will have 2 litters – possibly 3 in a year – with on average 4-6 kittens in each litter.

A female/male kitten is fully mature at 5/6 months.

An intact male can be aggressive and fight with other male cats.

A male house cat will spray a scent in the house thus marking its territory.

Darlington & District Branch RSPCA © 2017