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Humane Society offers discount on spaying cats

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The Winnipeg Humane Society's May Day Spay Day is a one-day event that will produce results that could last all summer.

On May 29, the WHS will reduce its price on spay surgeries to $35 for people living on social assistance or fixed incomes to encourage them to bring in their female cats for the procedure.

The goal is to reduce the number of litters being born during June through October when shelters and neighbourhoods are overwhelmed with unwanted litters.

"We are targeting female cats as they carry the litters and can easily produce a litter or two over these next few months," Dr. Erika Anseeuw, WHS Director of Animal Health, said in statement.

The WHS is encouraging people with a male cat who live on social assistance or fixed incomes to also contact the WHS and make an appointment for a later date.

The WHS has set a goal for the day of reaching or surpassing 100 spays during an eight-hour period.

"We are hoping this event will be an incentive for people who have delayed for timing or cost purposes to finally get this surgery done before their cat has babies," Anseeuw said.

To arrange a May Day Spay, call 204-888-7627 or visit the WHS office and bring the notice of assessment or social assistance documents to qualify for the subsidized rate of $35.

The usual cost for spay surgeries at veterinarian clinics in Winnipeg can be $125-$225, the WHS said.

Cats should be at least four months of age, in good health, under the care of a veterinarian and have current vaccinations. A pet carrier must be used to transport cats to and from their appointment.

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Updated on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 8:54 AM CDT: changes photo

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