Beginning February 1, 2012, two metro Detroit clinics--the PAWS Clinic in Taylor and the All About Animals Rescue in Warren--will be sponsoring a "Beat the Heat" event to spay female cats. Funding from PetSmart Charities will allow 275 cats to be spayed for $20 apiece. The event continues to the end of the month (February 29 this year).
"Beat the Heat" promotes spaying as a way of controlling homeless cat populations by reducing the number of unwanted litters of kittens. Kris Jordan, executive director of the PAWS Clinic, says that kittens can go into heat when they are as young as four months old, and female cats can have up to three litters a year.
Spaying also reduces the risk of some types of cancer and promotes kittens' health. Jordan says that the American Veterinary Association recommends spaying female kittens before they go into heat for the first time. The AVA says that kittens as young as eight weeks can be safely spayed as long as they weigh at least two pounds.
Appointments are required in order to schedule surgeries. The PAWS Clinic is scheduling appointments Monday through Thursday; call 313-451-8200 between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM or visit their Web site to schedule an appointment online. All About Animals Rescue schedules appointments Monday through Friday, and will be neutering male cats for $20 during February as well; call 586-879-1745 or visit their Web site to schedule an appointment online.