Jolly St Snip is Coming to Town - Fix Your Cat For Free Dec 5 - 9

Nov 14, 2011

The Oregon Humane Society and four other local animal organizations are bringing “Jolly

Jolly St Snip

St. Snip” and his bounty of free spay and neuter surgeries to town this December. Qualifying low-income cat lovers can have their favorite felines spayed and neutered at no charge from Dec. 5 – 9 at one of five locations throughout the metro area.

“St. Snip is bringing the best of all holiday gifts to animal lovers,” said Sharon Harmon, OHS executive director. “The metro area faces a huge overpopulation of cats, and spaying or neutering your feline is the best thing you can do to prevent needless suffering.”

OHS plans to spay or neuter 225 cats on Dec. 7th, with other participating groups planning to fix an additional 275 Dec. 5 – 9. Caretakers of stray or feral cats can take advantage of this offer as well. The participating animal organization (see complete list below) are members of the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland, which operates the Spay & Save program for low-income residents of the metro area.

“Now is the perfect time to spay or neuter your fertile cats to prevent unwanted litters of kittens being born in spring. Prevention is the key to reducing the number of unwanted cats brought to local animal shelters or free-roaming in your neighborhood,” said Joyce Briggs, President of the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs, and volunteer with ASAP Spay & Save Program.

The Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland believes that all cats should spend the holidays at home this year, and is including a free identifying microchip for every owned cat that is spayed or neutered through the Jolly St. Snip campaign. The microchips are provided thanks to a generous grant from PetSmart Charities®.

What: Over 500 free cat spay/neuter surgery spots will be available the week of December 5 – 9.

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 – Sherwood
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 December 5 through 9 only. 
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 The free spay/neuter surgeries are being offered through the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland’s Spay & Save program. ASAP is a coalition of the greater Portland area’s leading animal welfare organizations and the veterinary community. The Spay & Save program is working to reduce the number of cats and kittens that are coming into our shelters every year – over 22,000 in 2010 alone. This vital program is funded through private donations as well as grant monies. Special thanks to PetSmart Charities® http://www.petsmartcharities.org for their grant support.  See http://www.spaysave.org/ for details on qualifying, addresses of surgery locations and more.