Free spay and neuter surgeries for cats available to Placer County residents through February

Published on January 06, 2017

It’s an all-too-common problem: Too many unwanted cats find themselves homeless or, because of overpopulation, spend a long time waiting to be adopted into a forever home.

Thanks to a partnership between Placer County, Petco Foundation and Animal Spay and Neuter, our feline friends have something to purr about. Now, through the end of February, spay and neuter surgeries will be available for Placer County cats, free of charge.

“Spaying or neutering of pets is the responsibility of the pet owner and the right thing to do for a furry family member to prevent unhealthy overpopulation situations,” said Placer County Animal Services Director Wesley Nicks. “With this free program we hope to reduce the number of unwanted litters, which can create a difficult situation for pets and owners alike."

There are health benefits for a pet, as well, according to the Humane Society. Spaying or neutering your pet can increase their longevity by reducing the risk of certain types of cancers and infections.

The free spay and neuter program is expected to greatly reduce the number of cats and kittens that must be surrendered to the Placer County animal services facility. The Animal Spay and Neuter organization has implemented similar projects with Sacramento County within the last few years and has been successful in reducing the need for shelter intake.

The program has been made possible by a $25,000 matching grant provided by Animal Spay and Neuter together with $25,000 from Placer County’s animal services trust fund.

Free spay and neuter surgeries will be performed at Animal Spay and Neuter in Auburn. Surgeries only take a few hours and your cat can go home with you the same day. There is also no limit to the number of cats an owner can bring in. Cat owners must show proof of Placer County residency with valid photo identification and mailing address. Rescue groups and breeders are restricted from participating in the free program.

The service is available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week through the end of February by appointment. Check in is 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and your cat can go home with you between 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please bring the cat in a carrier. To make an appointment for your free spay or neuter service, please call 530-889-8800.

Kittens that are at least 2 pounds in weight and 2 months old are accepted, as well as cats in heat, pregnant cats and feral cats.

For more information visit Animal Spay and Neuter online or on Facebook.