Fix on the sixth free spay, neuter vouchersOct 06, 2016 09:43AM ● By Bryan Scott
The Humane Society of Utah (HSU) joins Best Friends Animal Society and Salt Lake County Animal Services in the Fix on the Sixth event Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. All three organizations will be offering free cat sterilization surgeries to help prevent more homeless cats in the community. The Humane Society of Utah will be giving away 100 free cat spay/neuter vouchers between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the HSU Clinic located at 4242 S 300 W in Murray, Utah. Vouchers will be given on a first come, first served basis; limit one voucher per household.
“Getting your pet spayed/neutered is the most effective and humane way to decrease the number of homeless animals in shelters,” said Pauline Edwards, HSU clinic director. “You’ll also see health and behavior benefits when you sterilize your pets when they’re young.”
Owners do not need to bring their cat with them to receive a voucher and surgeries will not be performed the same day. Cats between four months to 4 years of age that weigh at least 2 pounds with current vaccinations are eligible for sterilization surgery with a voucher. Proof of current cat vaccinations must be provided before scheduling the surgery appointment. If a cat is not current on their vaccines, owners can still receive a voucher, but vaccinations must be received two weeks before the surgery appointment. Vaccinations can be performed on a walk-in basis through the HSU Clinic or a personal veterinarian.
While many shelters in Utah, including the HSU, have achieved no-kill status for homeless dogs, there is an overwhelming number of homeless cats in need of homes. From early spring through late fall each year, shelters around the United States are inundated with adult mother cats and litters of kittens. This "Kitten Season" is a heavy burden on shelters and the euthanasia of cats during this time increases. By spaying/neutering more cats in Utah communities, the HSU is helping reduce the need for euthanasia of healthy, adoptable cats in Utah’s shelters.
Best Friends Animal Society and Salt Lake County Animal Services are also offering spay/neuter surgeries Oct. 6.
About the Humane Society of Utah
The Humane Society of Utah (HSU) is dedicated to the elimination of pain, fear and suffering in all animals. Since 1960, the HSU has been sheltering abandoned animals, fighting cruelty and neglect, and creating an environment of respect, responsibility, and compassion for all animals across the state. As an open-admissions shelter, the doors are always open for any animal we can legally accept. The HSU is a member of the No-Kill Utah Coalition and works hard to ensure that every healthy and treatable pet that enters the facility will be placed into a loving home. In 2015, 11,318 pets received positive outcomes and we achieved no-kill statistics for both cats and dogs for the first time – a milestone in 55 years. The Humane Society of Utah is a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit organization that does not receive any tax dollars or government funding and is not a branch of any national organization. We are solely funded by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses and foundations in our community. Read more about the HSU online at utahhumane.org.