Starting next week, a number of area animal shelters are planning to “celebrate” World Spay Day by offering spay and neuter assistance to qualified pet owners.
World Spay Day is an annual campaign by the The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International that emphasizes spaying and neutering as a means to end animal overpopulation and unnecessary euthanasia. The day is marked on the last Tuesday of February, which this year is Feb. 28.
The shelters hope that holding the free spay and neuter clinics now will prevent the spring breeding cycle, during which felines flood area animal shelters.
Fixing the feral and stray cats also will help reduce “nuisance” behaviors common in unaltered cats, such as spraying, fighting and yowling.
On Feb. 28, the Cat Adoption Team offers a February “Free Feline Fix.” The Sherwood shelter has 70 open spots for free spay/neuter surgeries for cats and kittens (they must be 8 weeks or older, 2½ pounds, and healthy). To qualify, cat owners must live in Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington, or Clark counties and receive government assistance. The shelter will also throw in free rabies and FVRCP vaccinations, and some transportation assistance is available.
The surgeries will take place at the CAT Adoption Team’s CAT Hospital, 14175 S.W. Galbreath Drive in Sherwood.
To schedule an appointment, call 503-925-8903 or 800-345-7729.
Also next Tuesday and continuing through March 17 (which the FCCO cleverly refers to at St. “Catrick’s Day”), the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon will offer free spay and neuter clinics to caretakers of stray and feral cats.