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Beat the Heat will allow cat owners to spay their female cats for only $20 during the month of February.

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Beat the Heat will allow cat owners to spay their female cats for only $20 during the month of February.

The Winnipeg Humane Society’s innovative program Beat the Heat will allow cat owners to spay their female cats for only $20 during the month of February.

WHS Director of Animal Health, Dr. Anseeuw said this afternoon the goal is to spay 500 female cats in one month.

"We hope it’s successful," she said.

It is funded by PetSmart Charities of Canada and its three full-time veterinarians will perform the surgeries.

Dr. Anseeuw said the program allows cats to be fixed early on before their heat cycle occurs, since cats are "seasonal breeders," often during spring and summer.

It is the first time a program like this is available to everyone. Dr. Anseeuw said it differs from their subsidized spay and neuter program, SNAP, which is only available to low-income families. Families are charged around $30 and must provide proof of household income or proof of social assistance in order to qualify.

"Beat the Heat" requires that cats be a minimum of four months of age, in good health, under the care of a veterinarian and be up to date with vaccinations. Cats must be transported to and from their appointment in a pet carrier.

Call 204-888-7627 to book an appointment today.

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