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Spay/Neuter Clinic

Naturewatch Foundation is funding a spay/neuter clinic in Kharkov, available to low-income dog owners. Community dogs are also welcomed into the project, with the permission of the community.

With your generous support, together we have already prevented the birth of many thousands of unwanted puppies that would have ended up suffering on the streets of Kharkov. 

Watch an interview with a lady whose dogs were sterilised with funds donated by Naturewatch Foundation. 

We receive 5 to 10 requests every week for pets to be spayed and neutered. As there is currently a financial crisis in our country, many people cannot even dream about affording such expensive surgery. If we continuously support these people, we will stop Kharkov’s stray dog problem at its source. We really appreciate your help in this, both people and animals of Kharkov benefit greatly from your help. Thank you very much!” 

Natalie Sorokopud, Project Co-ordinator, Kharkov

Since we launched this project, your generous donations have meant that we have spayed or neutered 1,220 dogs in Kharkov, which means they will no longer contribute to the city’s stray dog population. 

It is impossible to accurately calculate the offspring of 1,220 dogs, but it would easily be in excess of 4,000 puppies.  Sadly, they would have been 4,000 unwanted puppies that may have ended up abandoned on Kharkov’s streets, or worse.

A huge £10,428 has paid for this free service to low-income dog owners so far, and we plan to continue to support this vital project.


 Spay costs

Small bitch = £7.85

Medium bitch = £10.21

Large bitch = £12.04  


Neutering costs

Small dog = £5.24

Medium dog = £6.54

Large dog = £7.85


Naturewatch Foundation works with an NGO in Kharkov called “Together”, which consists of a team of dedicated volunteers – there are no paid members of staff at “Together”.  Following an application process, the “Together” volunteers assess the applicants’ dogs to ensure they are healthy enough to be spayed/neutered by the team of veterinarians who offer their services at a reduced rate.  The dogs are then transported by the volunteers to the veterinarian clinic for surgery, and once the vets are satisfied with the dogs’ health and recovery, they are returned to their owners by the volunteers.

All stray animals in Ukraine are either abandoned pets or descendants of owned pets. Sadly, many pet owners in Ukraine earn so little they cannot afford vet fees to spay/neuter their pets. With the freedom to breed and roam, their pets contribute greatly to the stray dog problem.

Whilst most initiatives to reduce stray dogs in Ukraine only address the consequences of the problem, Naturewatch Foundation’s spay/neuter project is addressing the root cause. By reducing the source of unwanted puppies and pregnant bitches that are all too often abandoned and left to become strays, this project will help both the animals and citizens of Kharkov.  


All spay and neuter treatments were paid for using your generous donations.  We know and you know who you are – be proud of what you’ve achieved!  We would be delighted if you could make a donation today to allow us to continue this vital work in Ukraine.