Ann Arbor, MI (March 24, 2015) – During the month of April, the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) will offer no-cost spay and neuter surgeries, plus free rabies vaccinations through the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program as part of “Community Cat,” PetSmart Charities’spay/neuter campaign to alter free-roaming cats. If left unaltered, unowned feral and stray cats produce large quantities of unwanted kittens each spring, flooding local animal shelters and leading to higher euthanasia rates. By taking a proactive approach and getting the cats fixed now, HSHV will help lessen the impact of the coming kitten season.
Spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population and is safe for kittens as young as eight to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Spaying a female cat before the first heat cycle can be beneficial, improving the health of the cat by reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.
“Female cats can have as many as three litters a year, and kittens can breed as young as four months old,” says Angie Zill, Community Cat Coordinator for HSHV. “Most people don’t want to see the cats they’re feeding get pregnant over and over again, so our ‘Community Cat’ campaign will serve as a gentle reminder to caretakers of free-roaming cat colonies to catch and sterilize their cats.”
Cats must arrive at the HSHV Veterinary Clinic for check-in 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday during the month of April to receive this special free rate. No appointment is necessary. All cats must be in live traps (one cat per trap) at the time of check-in; live traps can be rented at HSHV for a deposit of $75, with $65 being refunded when the trap is returned. For more information, interested persons should visit hshv.org/communitycats, call the Clinic at 734-662-4365, or contact the Coordinator at 734-661-3523.
PetSmart Charities’ “Community Cat” campaign will provide $634,692 to spay/neuter clinics across the United States to fund affordable, high-quality spay and neuter surgeries for 13,713 free-roaming cats during the month of April.
About PetSmart Charities:
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.
About The Humane Society of Huron Valley:
The Humane Society of Huron Valley, located in Ann Arbor, is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and relies solely on the generosity of our supporters to provide critical community programs and services. HSHV is an award-winning organization, recognized for our best practices and highest animal “save-rate” among all similar shelters in Michigan. Charity Navigator, the nation’s top charity evaluator, awarded HSHV a 4-star ranking, the highest possible. The mission of HSHV is to promote the loving, responsible care of all animals in our community. HSHV is not affiliated with nor do they receive funding from any other humane organization, and they depend on private donations for all programs. For more information, call (734) 662-5585 or visit www.hshv.org. LOVE STARTS HERE!
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