HSDC offering free spay, neuter surgery for feral or free-roaming cats on Feb. 25
The Humane Society of Delaware County (HSDC) encourages residents to have their free-roaming cats spayed or neutered at a special clinic being held at the society’s shelter on Monday, February 25. The one-day clinic is being funded by Pet FBI (Pets Found By Internet) as part of World Spay Day, a nationwide event sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States. Overpopulation is an especially big problem for cats because they can reproduce as early as four months old and have two or three litters a year.
Pet FBI is covering the surgery costs, but is asking owners to make a donation if possible. This clinic is being offered to Delaware County residents only who are caring for free-roaming cats or have taken in a stray cat. All surgeries must be scheduled in advance, and applicants will need to show proof of Delaware County residency in the form of a driver’s license or utility bill. Only 35 surgery spots will be available so owners are urged to apply online or stop by HSDC’s shelter as soon as possible.
Owners may choose to purchase extra services such as vaccinations, a microchip, dewormer, or flea and tick preventative. At the owner’s request, the veterinarian will ear-tip cats which Pet FBI recommends doing for free roaming or feral cats to identify the cats who have been spayed or neutered.
“Using the TNR (trap, neuter and release) method is the most effective and humane way to manage free-roaming cat populations,” says Maresa Finelli, founder of Pet FBI.
Pet FBI was initially created in 2004 to provide a lost and found animal database serving all of Ohio. Four years later, the program expanded to include a TNR Outreach Program to help manage free-roaming cat colonies in low-income areas. For the past five years, Pet FBI has focused TNR operations in Delaware County and has spayed and neutered 3,369 cats – preventing an estimated 556,855 homeless kittens from being born. Anyone wishing to make a donation to help support their ongoing mission may do so by visiting < www.petfbi.org >.
To schedule an appointment for the HSUS World Spay Day clinic being held Monday, February 25, at the Humane Society of Delaware County, please call 740–369-7387 or send an email to < firstname.lastname@example.org >. Surgery applications are available at the shelter located at 4920 Ohio 37 East in Delaware or can be found at < www.hsdcohio.org >.