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Spaying and neutering is not particularly widespread, as anyone walking along the streets of
I have focused primarily on dogs (two of the sites for organizations dealing with abandoned dogs include Associazione Volontari Canile di Porta Portese and Canile Muratella), but a number of organizations also actively promote rescue and sanctuary for our furry feline friends. Feral cats are provided sanctuaries through organizations such as The Friends of Roman Cats, I Gatti della Piramide, and Torre Argentina.
I believe strongly in investing in high-quality foods and preventive care for animals, so food seems as important as the veterinarians for medical concerns. Foods that are widely available are not that much different than what we see in the States—lots of mid-range foods such as Iams and Science Diet, and cheap foods like Purina, are fairly well distributed and promoted. Some of the high end foods (Evo, California Natural) are missing, in the shops I visited, but I suspect some of the other bags, with labels I did not take the time to peruse, might be all natural foods, based on the packaging and prices. Prices are generally fairly comparable to the States (although, of course, in euro).
Health is an important part of taking care of our beloved pets. It is worth visiting veterinarians for care; do go with plenty of research under your belt so that you can make informed decisions about the care for your animals.