The Humane Society of Southern Arizona will provide 200 spay surgeries for $20 in February in an effort to prevent unwanted litters from being born this spring.
In one year alone, a female cat can have between six and 24 kittens, says HSSA spokeswoman, Samantha Esquivel. This results in a large influx of unwanted litters in the shelter every spring.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, spaying a female cat before her first heat cycle can improve the health of your pet by reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections. It is also the most effective way to reduce the homeless pet populations.
Call 881-0321 for information or to schedule your cat's appointment. Appointments will be filled on a first come first served basis and will take place no sooner or later than February.
Pet owners should bring proof of vaccinations with them at time of their appointment.