Neutering and Microchipping
Dogs Trust recommends neutering for all dogs. You may want to consider making it a condition of your dog policy that dogs must be neutered within a set time period in order to remain in your hostel. If you do make neutering a condition of your dog policy, you will need to decide what action you will take if owners do not comply with this and ensure all staff are aware of the policy.
Neutering - Dogs Trust recommends neutering for all dogs for their health and wellbeing and also as an effective way to control the number of stray dogs and unwanted litters of puppies.
There are many health benefits to neutering dogs, such as the prevention of testicular cancer, hernias and prostrate problems in male dogs and the prevention of life-threatening infections of the womb and mammary cancers in female dogs.
On the Dogs Trust Hope Project veterinary scheme, we stipulate that dogs must be neutered within four months of joining the scheme to continue receiving help from us. Four months is enough time for both male and female dogs to be safely neutered.
Microchipping - Microchipping is a way of permanently identifying dogs and the most effective way of ensuring lost dogs are returned to their owners. It is now a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped and registered to their owner on a national microchipping database by the age of 8 weeks.
Veterinary Healthcare Fact Sheets
We have put together a range of fact sheets for dog owners on healthcare and responsible dog ownership. Please give a copy of these fact sheets to all dog owners living in your hostel.