Free Spay And Neuter Offered For Pima Co. ‘Community Cats’

PIMA COUNTY, AZ – As part of an effort to reduce the number of free range cats in Pima County, Pima Animal Care Center will host a free neutering and neutering event for community cats and kittens.

“Snip N ‘Tip”, as the event is called, will take place on October 16-17 in the Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) multipurpose room at 4000 North Silverbell Road. This is the first year for the event, according to a press release.

Snip N ‘Tip is part of the shelter’s Trap Neuter Return (TNR) program. The ASPCA supports the TNR method as a humane method to prevent the spread of the free range cat population of a community while providing some health care to the cats.

This service is for outdoor or “community” cats that do not have an owner. Residents wishing to attend are asked to put the cat in a secure shipping container or trap. When the neutering or neutering is complete, they will be asked to return the cat to their neighborhood.

Kittens who weigh at least a pound and a half can be brought with you if a human carer is ready to look after them after surgery.

These Pima County cats are also given vaccines and a brief check-up to make sure they are in good health before returning to their outdoor home.

People bringing their cats can select a nonprofit partner to receive a donation. If you need help locating a trap or porter, email communitycats@pima.gov.

Dr. Jennifer Wilcox, director of PACC’s veterinary services, said she hoped to see at least 600 community cats.

“With the combined efforts of our partners in Pima County, we have neutered and neutered thousands of cats in the past year alone,” she said in a press release.

The cats are microchipped and subjected to an “earplug” procedure. According to ASPCA, a small part of the right ear is surgically removed while the cat is under anesthesia. This procedure identifies a cat as already spayed or neutered so it doesn’t have to go through the stress of being recaptured and returning for surgery.

Monica Dangler, Director of Animal Services, said she hopes there will be future Snip N ‘Tip events for community cats.

“We’re adding a vet and several vets to help us increase our focus on caring for community cats,” she said in a press release.

To register, click here. You can find more information on the Facebook events page.

The office hours for the operating theater are:

  • Friday, October 15th, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 16, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 16, 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 17th, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Snip N ‘Tip is made possible, according to a press release from Friends of Pima Animal Care Center, Petco Love, Clara Lee Arnold, Melinda Correll and Bonnie Kay.