In hopes of preventing more unwanted and abandoned litters of kittens this spring, the Seattle Animal Shelter is offering 2-for-1 Spay/Neuter surgeries for unaltered female and male cats. The offer is good until the end of April. The full price for spaying is $90 (female cats) and for neutering is $85 (male cats). Both cats must be present for surgery on the same day and Seattle residents must obtain a pet license for any unlicensed cats. Cats need not be from the same household. This offer is made possible from donations to the Shelter’s Pet Population Control Fund.
With the beginning of spring, unaltered cats are coming into heat and mating. Owners of unaltered cats can “beat the heat” if they act quickly. Telltale signs of your cat coming into heat are males who develop wanderlust and females who become very affectionate and very vocal.
“Every spring, our shelter takes in hundreds and hundreds of unplanned and unwanted kittens who are abandoned or surrendered by their owners. We’re asking cat owners to help fight this serious problem of pet overpopulation by taking advantage of this offer and have their unfixed cats fixed before they go into heat,” says Dr. Mary Ellen Zoulas, staff veterinarian at the Seattle Animal Shelter’s Spay and Neuter Clinic.
The clinic offers lower-cost, high-quality spay and neuter surgeries. Dr. Zoulas and her skilled surgical team combine “best practices” in surgical technique, anesthesia, and analgesia to ensure that each cat’s surgery and recovery is safe and uneventful and its stay at the clinic as pleasant as possible. Additionally, the spayed and neutered cats will benefit by showing a decreased desire to wander and a lesser chance of certain types of cancer.
“If you don’t have a cat, you can still help. You can spread the word to friends and family who may have unfixed cats. Or you may want to help out a friend or neighbor who would like to do the right thing, but may need financial assistance, transportation, or just moral support. Or you can contribute to the “Pet Population Control Fund,” adds Dr. Zoulas.
The Clinic is located on the north end of the Seattle Animal Shelter at 2061 15th Ave. W., about one mile south of the Ballard Bridge. Surgeries are performed Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, call (206)386-4260. To make a donation visit www.seattleanimalshelter.org or send a check to The Pet Population Control Fund, C/O Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle, WA, 98119.
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