Do you have outdoor/barn cats that are unaltered? If so keep reading for information on a new Prairie’s Edge Humane Society program to help reduce the number of outdoor cats through spay/neuter.
This program will decrease the number of kittens coming into the world un-intentionally and increase the quality of life for the cats that live outside. To qualify for the Outside Cat Spay/Neuter Program, you will need to meet the following requirements.
- The cats you wish to have altered live outside only and are provided food, water and shelter by you on a regular basis.
- You will pay $50.00 per cat (covers surgery and a rabies vaccination) you wish to have altered under this program. This is much less than you would pay at a veterinary clinic to alter your cats.
- The feline distemper vaccination is optional and will be an additional $10.00 per cat. (Vaccinations for distemper are strongly suggested.)
- You must meet the following household income requirement; have a combined household income of $40,000 or less.
Surgeries will be done at the PEHS shelter through the Just Cause Four Paws Clinic program
To apply for the Just Cause Four Paws Clinic Outside Cat Spay/Neuter Program call the PEHS shelter at 507-334-7117, let them know that you are calling regarding the Outside Cat Spay/Neuter Program, leave your name and phone number. A volunteer will call you back regarding the requirements and scheduling for the program. Space is limited, so you may be put on a waiting list. We hope to increase the number of surgeries possible at future clinic days.
Some common concerns in regards to Spay/Neuter of outside cats:
At what age can the cats be altered? Kittens may be altered after they reach 2 pounds, which is usually after 8 –9 weeks. Adult cats may be altered anytime. Females may be spayed during early pregnancy. One unspayed female may be responsible for 100 more kittens in 18 months if not spayed.
Many of your cats may look the same or are too wild to handle, how do we alter those? Ear-Tipping: This is a technique of removing the top corner of the cat’s left ear. This is done while the cat is under anesthesia for its spay/neuter, so there is no pain. The “tipped” ear is the universal symbol showing a cat has been through a spay/neuter program. This makes it possible for caretakers to differentiate between cats that have already been sterilized and ones that have not been sterilized. Ear tipping also ensures that a cat will not undergo unnecessary repeat surgery. For the not so tame cats, we can provide you with live trap/carriers. Cats can then be brought into the clinic in the trap/carrier. They will be sent home in the trap/carrier, which will allow you to open the door and let them out. There will be a $50 deposit per trap/carrier. This will be returned to you when the trap/carrier is returned to the shelter.
What about stitches? Stitches (sutures) are only used on the females, and are absorbable, so there will be no need to remove them later.