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  • Spay and neuter clinic coming up Aug. 8-9

    Aug 06, 2015 | Read More News
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    Over the weekend of Aug. 8 - 9, Pima Animal Care Center and its partners at Best Friends Animal Society® will be conducting a mass spay/neuter clinic to alter 200 free-roaming community cats.

    kittiesOn Saturday, Aug. 8, Pima County residents who are caring for unaltered cats who live at least part-time outdoors can bring them to 4000 N. Silverbell Rd. for a free spay/neuter surgery.

    The clinic is part of PACC’s trap-neuter-return (TNR) Community Cat Project with Best Friends Animal Society and the project’s funder, PetSmart Charities™. The project seeks to alter 15,000 free-roaming cats over three years. Since this aggressive spay/neuter initiative started in October 2014, the shelter's save rate for cats has consistently exceeded 90 percent, which is the nationally recognized level of "no-kill."

    Over the weekend, staff and volunteers from Best Friends Animal Society will be out actively trapping cats in Tucson, but event organizers also wanted to offer the public a chance to participate on Saturday.

    "The Community Cat Project has been completely game-changing for PACC cats," PACC Chief of Operations, Kristin Barney, said. "And on Aug. 8, the community can be part of the spay/neuter solution by bringing their outdoor cats to PACC to be fixed."

    To qualify for the free surgery, cats should be at least 2 months old and weigh 2 pounds. Please refrain from feeding any cats who are 4 months old and up after midnight the night before surgery, but kittens who are less than 4 months old can have a small breakfast! Water is OK. Please bring friendly cats in a carrier and fractious cats in a humane trap. Please no loose cats, or cats in pillow
    cases.

    Pima County residents should bring their cats to the Spay/Neuter Clinic at PACC between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Sat., Aug. 8. They should bring friendly cats in a carrier and fractious cats in a humane trap (please no loose cats, or cats in pillow cases). There is no limit to the number of cats an individual caretaker can bring, but only 100 cats can be served on Saturday, and the surgeries will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cats will not only be spayed or neutered, they will be vaccinated. Pickups times will range from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    If you have further questions or need additional assistance, please contact the Community Cat Project at tucsoncats@bestfriends.org or 520-820-4492.