Our animal clinic specialises in neutering of cats and dogs. We also carry out special outreach programmes for animals.
- Veterinary clinic services
- Pet adoption programme
- Animal shelter
- Animal rescue
- Cruelty investigation
- Community service outlet
- Volunteer service
- Educational outreach
- Spay/ neuter services
- Community outreach clinics
- Spay neuter release of cats
We operate VETERINARY CLINICS AT 4 DIFFERENT LOCATIONS. There is a full veterinary clinic AT THE MAIN BUILDING at 10 Winchester Road. THE OTHER CLINICS ARE IN Portmore (THE MEADOWVALE ENTRANCE OF CAYMANAS PARK, Montego Bay AT 80C QUEENS DRIVE NEIGHBOURING THE AIRPORT, AND IN FOLLY, PORT ANTONIO, PORTLAND. At the J.S.P.C.A. our veterinarians care for many different types of animals from dogs and cats to birds, horses, goats and even cows!
Adult education is an important part of our work, for example, recently a training course was conducted at the Jamaica Constabulary Force. We also offer free training to schools and specialized institutions such as the Alpha Boys Home.
In 2004 we educated 2,000 students ranging from 5 to 21 years of age, in subjects such as what are the protected species in Jamaica, what constitutes abuse, how to care for your animals, and common illnesses in dogs and cats. On an average, four to eight schools are visited each month, and student numbers vary from 30 to 100 per group.
The JSPCA is often asked to remove unwanted animals from public or private areas which can be anywhere in Jamaica. This is a heart-breaking job, because animals who have been left to reproduce indiscriminately and forage for themselves have usually become feral and are not good candidates for adoption, and this means they have to be euthanized.
Spay And Neuter
Walk a block along any of Kingston’s streets and you will see at least a dozen dogs, some dragging an injured limb, some with sores or burns or open knife wounds, females with their teats almost to the ground from bearing so many litters, all dirty, all frightened and all emaciated, some to the point of literal starvation.
A dog comes on heat every six months, and litters can number up to ten or eleven, but even taking an average of six, one female can produce twelve offspring in a year. Of those let us say half are female, so those six can produce another twelve puppies each in a year. That gives us a total of at least eighty four puppies in two years, all from one bitch. If you have three bitches, they could be responsible for creating nearly 300 new lives, and we haven’t taken into account the offspring that the male dogs will go out and sire. In fact, they are in such plentiful supply that young gunmen use them for target practice so they can hone their shooting skills.
Think how many times you see dead dogs on the street, run over by cars or buses. Aside from getting themselves killed, they often cause fatal traffic accidents, with motorists, usually driving too fast, either swerving to avoid them, or sometimes swerving to hit them.
Often a street dog will attach himself to anyone who shows a tiny bit of kindness, perhaps throwing a chewed-up bone or a piece of stale bread – or maybe he was just the rare individual who did not kick at him while passing. Their loyalty in cases like these is pathetic, they follow blindly because they have nowhere else to go, no other hope. Mostly, though, they cower in corners in an attempt to avoid the constant abuse that is part of their daily existence. And they wait quietly for death, either quickly under the wheels of a car, or gradually, as they succumb to disease, septic wounds or simple starvation.
All this should not be happening. There are far too many dogs in Jamaica, and though we cannot expect to cut the stray overpopulation down to zero, dog owners can nonetheless perform a valuable social service by preventing their dogs from reproducing.
This involves making a small incision to remove the testicles, and over time the bag (SCROTUM) which was holding them SHRINKS away completely. Stitches come out after a little over a week, and the dog returns to his normal life. Male dogs GENERALLY lose their desire TO MATE.
Neutering does not diminish the dog’s strength or capacity in any way, or change his character, and the additional benefit here is that most neutered dogs will not be bothered to go out and get into a fight over a bitch in heat.
There is NORMALLY A CHARGE for these procedures, but this is compensated for by the obvious continued wellbeing of the animal, and the fact that you will not have dozens of puppies running around your yard every few months.
In addition to performing these operations, the JSPCA holds regular spay-neuter clinics in low-income neighbourhoods, which offer less privileged owners many advantages.
- First you will be doing your part to end a great deal of suffering, by stopping the indiscriminate mating of your dog.
- You will be helping to clean up our streets, because the rotting carcasses of dead animals smell terrible and can foster disease.
- You will be helping to decrease the number of traffic accidents caused by animals.
- Your dog stands a better chance of being happy and healthy, and able to protect you, if he does not have to share his food with a horde of others.
All of our rescued animals are spayed or neutered before going to their new homes, and the JSPCA wholeheartedly recommends the procedure for anyone who owns a dog. We invite you to visit our offices with your pet to discuss your particular case. You will not regret it, and your pet will be grateful.
Animals are our number one responsibility. It is up to us to plan ahead and to prepare for the safety and welfare of dogs, cats, farm animals, birds, reptiles well before a natural hazard takes effect. By acting early, we can avoid unnecessary danger and anxiety. Although individual needs will vary, let J.S.P.C.A. give you the advice that can help you decide the best plan for your circumstances and region.
At J.S.P.C.A., we are dedicated to giving back to the community by providing low cost, high-quality preventative healthcare for animals in Jamaica. We are dedicated to making routine veterinary services and disease prevention an easy, low-priced option to promote a healthy lifestyle and a commitment to consistent wellness care.
Millions of animals become lost each year. Tragically, few are reunited with their owners. Many lost animals end up in our shelters where they are adopted out to new homes or kept here to be safe. It is important that your animal has identification at all times. Collars and tags are essential, but they can fall off or become damaged. Technology has made it possible to equip your pet with a microchip for permanent identification.
In the event your pet requires hospitalization, you can be assured your pet is in good hands. All pets ARE ASSESSED THROUGHOUT THE DAY to monitor any change in their condition. OWNERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH US FOR REGULAR UPDATES REGARDING THEIR PETS. Visiting is allowed.
Radiology & Laboratory Services
At the J.S.P.C.A. we have radiology equipment and laboratory machines for your animal needs.
At the J.S.P.C.A. our veterinarians care for many different types of animals from dogs and cats to birds, horses, goats and cows. We provide great medical & surgical care to every animal that we treat. Some general care services that we perform are Soft tissue surgeries for example spays and castrations,abdominal exploratory surgery , Bladder stone removal,anal sac removal, abdominal surgery, wound repair, neuters, spays, tumor surgery ,Orthopedic surgeries such as Pinning fractured bones of the legs,Hip surgery (FHO’s),Limb amputations and surgery to repair fractured jaws.
We offer free training to schools and specialized institutions such as the Alpha Boys Home. In 2004 we educated 2,000 students ranging from 5 to 21 years of age, in subjects such as the protected species in Jamaica, what constitutes abuse, how to care for your animals, and common illnesses in dogs and cats. On an average, four to eight schools are visited each month, and student numbers vary from 30 to 100 per group. This programme is ongoing. Visits are usually made in response to requests from schools, or as part of a specific wide-reaching programme, for instance, when a spay-neuter clinic was held in Port Royal, a visit was made to the Port Royal All-Age School.
We offer teeth cleaning for dogs and cats of all sizes.Tooth extraction is also offered.
We also offer “BOARDING ONLY” option,for Cats & Dogs. Every animal is different, and we respect those differences.
JSPCA 10 Winchester Road
Mon-Thursday: 8am to 6pm
Friday: 8am to 4pm
Saturday: 8am to 3:30pm
Sunday: 9am to 12pm
Mon- Wed: 9am to 5pm
Thursdays: 8am to 5pm
Saturdays: 8am to 3pm
Saturdays: 10am to 6pm (last client registered no later than 5:30 pm)
Sundays: 10am to 2pm (last client registered no later than 1:30 pm)