Free spay/neuter clinic for Sussex out of doors cats set Feb. 18

The Delaware Humane Association, a statewide animal welfare organization with adoption centers in Rehoboth Beach and Wilmington, recognizes the financial hardship faced by many pet owners and zookeepers.

Delaware Humane works to prevent animal surrender and overpopulation through services such as low-cost spa and neutral services that are available to both the public and those adopting direct from the organization.

With the generous support of the Delaware Animal Welfare License Plate Fund, Delaware Humane is hosting free spay and neuter clinics at DHA’s Tatiana and Gerret Copeland Animal Care Center, 701 A St. Wilmington, starting Thursday, February 18.

This first clinic is only for outdoor and outdoor cats living in southern Delaware. Kittens must be at least 4 months old to be operated on and all cats must be transported in a rigid carrier or trap.

The surgery days only cover the costs for spay and neutral services as well as a one-year rabies vaccine. All additional services are paid out of pocket if paid on the day of the operation. Sussex County cat carers in need of transport assistance can take cats to DHA’s Rehoboth Beach Adoption Center, where DHA staff can transport them to the Wilmington Medical Facility. Cats must be dropped off at the Rehoboth Beach Adoption Center, 18675 Coastal Highway, in the Midway Shopping Center, Rehoboth Beach, Thursday, December 18, between 7am and 7:30 am. The Cates can be picked up at the same location later that evening.

Outdoor and outdoor cat colony caregivers also face the challenge of increasing cat populations, especially at the start of the kitten season.

“March usually means the cat intake increases due to the birth of so many new kittens,” said Courtney Anderson, director of animal welfare at DHA. Anderson added, “We are very excited to be able to offer four different free spay and neuter clinic dates to our community of animal lovers in Delaware.”

Lack of neutering and neutering can lead to explosive animal population growth, which in turn leads to many homeless animals in Delaware and the United States. This puts a financial burden on those in charge of caring for animals, including governments, nonprofit animal shelters and rescue services, and animal advocates and caretakers. Spaying and neutering significantly reduces the number of animals that are euthanized in open shelters or turned away due to lack of space in emergency shelters, reduces the cost of receiving and housing stray or unwanted animals, and reduces the risk to public health and safety . It also increases the lifespan of pets and improves the quality of life for humans and animals alike.

The closest outdoor and free living cat clinic in South Delaware is Saturday, April 10th.

To sign up for the free spay and neuter clinics, call DHA directly at 302-571-8171.

For more information, please contact Courtney Anderson, Animal Welfare Director at canderson@delawarehumane.org. At delawarehumane.org/donate/ you can contribute to DHA and support other animals in need.

Founded in 1995 and awarded by the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare, the Animal Welfare License Plate Fund supports spay and neuter operations for community cats, low-income pet owners, and the addition of spay and neuter funds for animal shelters and emergency services in Delaware such as DHA. Special animal welfare labels are sold at the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles for $ 50, with $ 35 from each sale going to the License Plate Fund. The DHA series of four free spay and neuter clinics is only made possible by the Delawareans who show their love for animals by purchasing these special license plates.