Jolly St. Snip is Coming to Town:
Fix Your Cat for Free Dec. 3-7
Nov. 15, 2012: A coalition of local animal shelters is bringing “Jolly St. Snip” and bounties of free spay and neuter surgeries to town this December. Qualifying low-income cat lovers can have their favorite felines spayed and neutered at no charge from Dec. 3–7 at one of five locations in the metro area.
“St. Snip is bringing the best of all holiday gifts to animal lovers,” said Sharon Harmon, Oregon Humane Society executive director. “The metro area faces a huge overpopulation of cats, and spaying or neutering your feline is the best thing you can do to prevent needless suffering.” The participating animal organization (see list below) are members of the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland, which operates the Spay & Save program for low-income residents of the metro area.
OHS plans to spay or neuter 300 cats on Dec. 5, with other participating groups planning to fix an additional 200 felines Dec. 3–7. Caretakers of stray or feral cats can take advantage of this offer as well. As an additional holiday gift, each cat will also receive a free FVRCP vaccine.
“Now is the perfect time to spay or neuter your fertile cats to prevent unwanted litters of kittens being born in spring. Prevention is the key to reducing the number of unwanted cats brought to local animal shelters or free-roaming in your neighborhood,” said Joyce Briggs, President of the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs, and volunteer with ASAP Spay & Save Program.
What: 500 free cat spay/neuter surgery spots will be available the week of December 3–7. Each cat will also receive a free FVRCP vaccine.
How to Qualify: Qualified cat owners must live in Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington, or Clark Counties and receive government assistance, such as Medicaid, food stamps, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Section 8/Public housing, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Oregon Health Plan or Subsidized Lunch Program funding.
Cat Adoption Team – Sherwood
How to Participate: Call 1 (800) 345-SPAY for a cat you own; or (503) 797-2606 for feral cats. Free spay/neuter appointments will be scheduled for December 3 through 7 only.
The free spay/neuter surgeries are being offered through the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland’s Spay & Save program.
ASAP is a coalition of the greater Portland area's leading animal welfare organizations and the veterinary community. The Spay & Save program is working to reduce the number of cats and kittens that are coming into our shelters every year—over 22,000 in 2010 alone. This vital program is funded through private donations as well as grant monies.