For the month of February, Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance is sponsoring a program called “Beat the Heat”. This initiative is a pro-active effort to help low-income pet owners get their female cats spayed before spring kitten season starts. Throughout the month, SSNA will only be charging $20 to perform spay surgery on any female cat or kitten.
Most unaltered female cats come into heat in January or February to bear their first spring litters approximately 60 days later. Any female cat whose current litter of kittens are 4 weeks to 12 weeks old is likely to be in heat already or in the early stages of the next pregnancy.
A female kitten can become pregnant as young as 12 weeks old. This is why it is so important to spay a female kitten as soon as she is old enough, big enough and healthy enough for surgery. A female kitten needs to be at least two pounds, 12 weeks old and in good overall health for spay surgery.
SSNA’s “Beat the Heat” program also offers to neuter male cats for just $10. Unaltered male cats can be a nuisance because they tend to urine mark their surroundings. Unaltered stray, feral and roaming males are more likely to fight with other male cats, which leaves them more vulnerable to feline leukemia and FIV as well as infection from bite wounds.
To take advantage of this wonderful community outreach program, just call the SSNA appointment line at (615) 452-2233 and mention this special when making your appointment to take advantage of the price reduction. This outreach opportunity is funded by PetSmart Charities.
SSNA is located in Gallatin, TN. Directions to the clinic can be found here. SSNA serves the residents of Sumner County as well as residents of middle Tennessee who live within driving distance.
SSNA always offers FIV/FLK testing for only $18 and heartworm testing for just $12. Rabies shots are included with the surgery fee for no extra cost. Distemper shots for both cats and dogs are only $7 more. Microchipping is also offered for only $20 per pet.
Olivia, a lovely senior tortoiseshell cat fostered at Healing Hearts in Nashville, TN, is very grateful to SSNA for helping her “Beat the Heat” this year. After spending most of her six years starving on the streets, struggling to raise her kittens year after year, the strain on her body was nearly too much. But after several months of being fostered at Healing Hearts, Olivia has attained a healthy weight, watched her kittens grow up healthy and go on to homes of their own.
Thanks to SSNA, Olivia is spending this spring enjoying the single life, playing with toys, enjoying being petted, and for the first time in her life able to relax and be herself, without having to worry about how she will feed her babies and herself, or keep them safe. Cats are not meant to be kitten-producing machines, but happy, loved companions in our homes. For all of the Olivias out there, please take advantage of SSNA’s community outreach next month.