Today wraps up Community Cat Month at the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society. With the help of Petsmart Charities of Canada, 406 free-roaming cats were spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated for their caregivers, which will ensure that the cats will live much healthier lives while not contributing to the free-roaming community cat population. Along with the community cats another 239 surgeries were also performed on owned pets creating a record number of surgeries for the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society Veterinary Clinic.
Throughout April surgeries for community cats were offered for free. Petsmart Charities of Canada supported many similar programs throughout North America during this past month however the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society is so committed to helping community cats that more than half of all Canadian community cat spays and neuters offered under this program were performed at our Veterinary Clinic! If you missed out on this opportunity the normal cost to fix a cat at the Humane Society’s spay/neuter clinic is just $50.
Community cats are not socialized to people, and therefore are most comfortable living outdoors in the only home that they have known. Once they are spayed or neutered, they are healthier and less likely to engage in nuisance behaviours that make them problems for neighbours. And of course, they will not be contributing to the population of community cats, which over time helps to reduce the free-roaming cat population.
The Humane Society’s spay/neuter clinic was built to increase access to spay/neuter in our community, and is open to anyone. Since opening late in 2011, almost 15,000 dogs, cats, and rabbits have been spayed or neutered.