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Our Goal

Our goal is to spay and neuter 2,000 community cats annually to reduce overpopulation and suffering of community cats.   This cost would be $400,000 annually.  The Veterinary Hospitals we work with are already providing a 50 to 60% discount.  These Veterinarians serve the community, they cannot afford to offer more of a discount to our rescue partners and remain in business.

 

Steps to achieving our goal:

  1. Funding for spay and neuter surgeries by local Veterinary Hospitals is our priority. 

  2. A Veterinary(s) dedicated to the program.  Contra Costa Animal Services has offered space and technicians for a Veterinarian to perform surgeries at their facility.

  3. Facility: We would like a facility to hold community cats prior to their surgery and for recovery. Trappers are not always sure how many cats they will trap in the morning prior to surgery.  Having a place to keep the trapped cats and then a recovery facility would expedite the process. 

Why Spay and Neuter

Gray Cat Drinking From Faucet

Ensure the long and healthy life of your female pet

Spaying your pet is essential to prevent life-threatening uterine infections and breast cancer, which have high fatality rates in dogs (about 50%) and cats (90%). Optimal protection against these diseases can be achieved by spaying your pet before her first heat cycle.

Ginger Cat

Spaying or neutering will not cause weight gain in your pet.

Don't use that outdated excuse! Weight gain in pets is usually a result of insufficient exercise and overfeeding, not related to spaying or neutering. As long as you provide regular exercise and monitor food intake, your pet can maintain a healthy weight.

Cat Sitting in Cafe

Your male cat won't feel the need to wander away from home.

An intact male cat will go to great lengths to find a mate, including attempting to climb over fences, escaping like a skilled magician. Once free to roam, he faces hazards like traffic accidents and conflicts with other males.

Cat Cuddles

Neutering provides significant health advantages for your male pet

Apart from preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion eliminates the risk of testicular cancer if performed before six months of age.

Cat Playing with Food

It's a cost-effective choice

The expense of spaying or neutering your pet is significantly lower than the costs associated with caring for a litter of offspring. It also saves you from the expenses that may arise if your unneutered pet escapes and gets into fights with other animals.

Cat and Working

Enjoy improved behavior from your neutered male pet

Neutered cats and dogs are more focused on their human families. Conversely, unneutered pets may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Early neutering can help prevent many aggression issues.

Cat and Dog

Say goodbye to your spayed female's heat cycles.

Female cats typically experience heat cycles lasting four to five days every three weeks during the breeding season. During this time, they engage in behaviors such as frequent yowling and urination, sometimes throughout the house, as they seek potential mates.

Grey Kitten

Spaying and neutering benefit the community.

Stray animals can pose various problems in communities, including preying on wildlife, causing car accidents, damaging local ecosystems, and frightening children. By spaying and neutering your pets, you contribute to reducing the number of animals on the streets and mitigating these issues.

Four Cats on the Sidewalk

Spaying and neutering play a vital role in combating pet overpopulation.

Each year, millions of cats and dogs, regardless of their age or breed, are euthanized or suffer as strays. This tragic situation is a direct consequence of unplanned litters that could have been prevented through spaying or neutering.

Ragdoll Cat

General Recommendation

  • Domestic cats should be fixed before they are 5 months old as they can become pregnant at 4 months of age and older.

  • Shelter animals should be fixed prior to adoption—ideally, as early as 8 weeks old.

  • Community cats should be fixed via TNR (trap-neuter-return) at any age after 8 weeks old.

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