Spay/Neuter Programs

When it comes to rescuing cats spaying and neutering plays such an important part. Cats can reach reproductive maturity as early as 4 months of age and an unspayed female can produce over a hundred kittens in her lifetime. Some people may think that neutering male cats is less important than spaying females, but an intact male can create any number of pregnancies and neutering is an integral part of feline population control.

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Usually veterinarians will “tip” a feral cat’s ear, like the cat above, to indicate that it has been neutered.

At River Valley Animal Protection League we work with other area shelters to help get animals spayed and neutered through low cost clinics and getting the word out about state assistance programs that can also help pet owners pay for these procedures.

When we take in stray and surrendered animals at RVAPL, one of the first priorities in medical care is spaying and neutering. All cats adopted from us are “fixed” and have their shots before they go to their forever homes.

We also help our community through TNR, or Trap, Neuter, Release, to control feral populations throughout the area.If you need help managing a feral population or are interested in helping with our TNR efforts, please contact us.

At this time we do not host our own clinics. You can find information on Sullivan County Humane Society’s low-cost spay/neuter clinics on their home page.

For low-income New Hampshire residents see if the Animal Population Control Program is right for your needs.

Low-income Vermonters may be able to get help through the VSNIP program – You can find links and contact information for other low cost options at spay/neuter clinics in your area here, too!

 

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