Summer vacations are a family tradition. This June, you can take all your cats and kittens on a SPAYcation. The Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP) is offering free spay & neuter surgeries for cats and kittens this June. Caretakers of stray or feral cats can take advantage of this offer as well.
Qualified cat owners are eligible for free surgeries June 17 - June 21.
Kittens need to be at least eight weeks old and weigh 2.5 pounds. Surgeries are performed by licensed veterinarians, and costs are subsidized through charitable donations. Over 500 spay/neuter surgery spots will be available the week of June 17 - 21 as part of this campaign.
"As the days get longer, the cats start to reproduce at a much higher rate. Two cats can become 100 cats in a matter of months," said Dr. Kris Otteman, OHS Director of Shelter Medicine. "With 17,000 cats entering our area shelters annually, we need to focus on finding good homes for them, without a flood of kittens adding to the overpopulation."
This feline overpopulation is exactly what the ASAP member shelters are working to reduce through the Spay & Save program and special offers like SPAYcation.
What: Over 500 free cat spay/neuter surgery spots will be available the week of June 17 - 21. Spay/neuter surgeries for cats and kittens (8 weeks or older; 2.5 pounds; and healthy)
When: June 17 through June 21, 2013
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 and Subsidized Lunch Program funding.
Where: Services provided by licensed veterinarians and caring surgical teams at the locations below. Transportation assistance may be available for those unable to take advantage of this offer because of travel issues.
Cat Adoption Team -
Oregon Humane Society - NE Portland
Multnomah County Animal Services - Troutdale
Humane Society of SW Washington - Vancouver
Feral Cat Coalition - for strays or feral cats
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 June 17 - June 21, 2013 only.