Spay/Neuter Cat Clinic a Success!
More than 150 Spay/Neuter Surgeries Performed During 1-Day Cat Clinic
Organizers estimate thousands of kitten births prevented over 7 years.
A total of 153 spay/neuter surgeries were performed during a one-day cat clinic held Sunday, Sept. 9th, 2012 by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Maui (SPCA Maui). The cats were operated on by a Hawaii-licensed veterinarian, with surgery prep and post-surgery care provided by trained volunteer staff.
Surgery costs were covered in part by donations from pet owners, with the remainder paid for with grant funds obtained by SPCA Maui. The non-discounted cost for a spay/neuter cat surgery can average $80-$100 per animal.
SPCA Maui President Whitney White said that the grant-assisted surgeries make spay/neuter affordable for pet owners, and for those working to reduce the number of feral animals on the island.
“The one-day clinic has proven to be an extremely cost-effective way to provide professional veterinary care for as many pet owners and caretakers as possible,” White said. “Each animal receives loving care from trained staff and volunteers, and pet owners are given detailed post-surgery instructions on how to care for their cat when they return home.”
SPCA Maui organizers estimate that based on the ability of one female cat to produce two or more litters per year, the 153 spay/neuter procedures performed Sunday are likely to help prevent tens of thousands of births on Maui.
“The statistics are truly astounding, with each litter producing an average of 4 – 6 kittens,” said Peter Tierney, SPCA Maui vice president. “Since only 1 in 12 cats born find a home, many of those births would likely have ended up being euthanized or fighting to survive in unhealthy conditions. Spay/neuter is truly a humane and responsible procedure that prevents the unnecessary deaths of millions of animals.”