You want to your duty? Spay or neuter kitty. Have ferals in the back yard? Trap, spay/neuter and release. The overabundance of cats in the United States has reached crisis stage. According to the Arizona Humane Society, shelters in the Greater Phoenix area alone take in more than 90,000 animals each year. Some are unwanted companion animals, others neighborhood ferals. Causing the greatest impact are the unwanted litters of kittens produced by both of those groups. Some find homes but many are euthanized. Can’t afford to spay/neuter? Yes you can.
The procedure does not have to be expensive for companion cats if you know where to go. The Arizona Humane Society offers high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter options. The AHS has partnered with the Alliance for Companion Animals; eight local animal welfare agencies responsible for the “Fix Adopt Save” campaign. To supplement the veterinarian practices AHS lists, a mobile spay/neuter unit visits various locations in the valley.
According to their web site AHS offers those carrying a military ID card an additional10% discount for clinic services. This applies equally to serving law enforcement and firefighters. Everyone gets an extra 5% off surgery for donating one of the following items; paper towels, new dog or cat toys, unopened wet or dry dog/cat food, new treats or office supplies.
You may be eligible for Maricopa County’s Spay/Neuter Incentive Program (SNIP). Free/subsidized spay and neuter surgery made available via the Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP). The program funds surgery for cats and dogs at participating veterinarians throughout the valley. See the county’s calendar for details, dates and locations.
Finding an agency that will assist in trapping, spay/neuter and releasing ferals is more problematic. The Animal Defense League of Arizona (ADLAZ) has a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program for free-roaming feral cats. This is not a cat relocation program. The cats are humanely trapped, spayed and neutered, ear-tipped and returned from whence they came. The Spay Neuter Hotline is 602-265-7729 (SPAY) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are other local agencies and 501c3 organizations who offer cheap or free spay/neuter services. However some tend to come and go as their funding permits. The ASPCA, through a partnership with PetSmart Charities, hosts a comprehensive and searchable database designed to help find local low-cost spay/neuter programs. Other organizations using a state-by-state list format may or may not be so up to date. The latter includes: Nooters Club, Animal Liberation Front and Love That Cat.