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Felines fixed for $20 in February

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For only $20 during the month of February, the Winnipeg Humane Society will spay your female cat to help fight the feline overpopulation crisis.

The goal of the Beat the Heat program is to spay 500 cats throughout the month.

"Cats can have several litters per year," said Dr. Erika Anseeuw, WHS director of animal health. "By encouraging pet owners to fix them this February, before they come into their first heat, we could prevent thousands of unwanted litters."

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

"We hope it's successful," she said. "This way we minimize how many cats overwhelm shelters during peak breeding season."

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

It is the first time a program such as this is available to everyone.

Anseeuw said it differs from their subsidized spay-and-neuter program, SNAP, which is only available to low-income families. Families are charged $30 and must provide proof of household income or proof of social assistance in order to qualify.

Beat the Heat requires 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.

 

estefania.wujkiw@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 8, 2014 B2

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