Warmer weather may feel far away, but Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic and Larimer Humane Society want you to “Beat the Heat” by spaying your cat in advance of her heat cycle to prevent unplanned litters from being born this spring.  During February and March, the two animal welfare organizations are teaming up to offer $20 spay surgeries for up to 80 cats in Larimer County.

Animal shelters commonly refer to the spring as “kitten season” because during the warmer months, the influx of accidental litters can overwhelm shelter resources.  To prevent homeless cats and kittens, two of Larimer County’s largest animal welfare organizations are joining forces in advance of “kitten season” for a special $20 spay promotion called “Beat the Heat.”

Sterilization is one of the most effective strategies to reduce pet homelessness and is safe for kittens as young as 8 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Spaying a female cat before the first heat cycle can be beneficial, improving the health of the pet by reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.

“Female cats can have as many as three litters a year, and kittens can breed as young as 4 months old,” says Dr. Gloria Matsushita, chief veterinarian at FCCRSNC. “Most people don’t want to see their cat get pregnant over and over again, so we hope our ‘Beat the Heat’ campaign will serve as a gentle reminder to cat owners to sterilize their cats before they go into heat this year.”

“Ensuring that every pet is wanted and part of a loving home is a sentiment that our community as a whole values,” says Judy Calhoun, CEO of Larimer Humane Society. “By partnering with FCCRSNC through the ‘Beat the Heat’ initiative, our goal is to assist owners in making responsible choices for their cats – decreasing challenges like homelessness and overpopulation, and helping to keep cats healthier overall.”

Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic, with the support of Larimer Humane Society, will alter 80 female cats for the discounted price of $20. Residents of Larimer County will receive priority for this special rate and the promotion is available only for February and March. Cat parents who wish to take advantage of this offer should mention the “Beat the Heat” campaign when they schedule their appointment.

Please call (970) 484-1861 to schedule an appointment or visit www.FCCRSNC.org for more information. The clinic is located at 2321 E. Mulberry St. #3 in Fort Collins.


About Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic 

Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic is an adoption guarantee, nonprofit cat shelter and sterilization clinic for both dogs and cats. The organization is dedicated to the well-being of all cats and dogs in our community with emphasis on preventing pet overpopulation and on the sheltering and placement of surrendered or abandoned cats into loving, permanent homes. To further reduce pet overpopulation, our organization also provides spay/neuter assistance to low-income pet owners, and has a Community Cat Program that traps and sterilizes feral felines. Since its inception, the shelter has found homes for more than 16,000 cats, and the clinic has performed over 58,000 surgeries. More information can be found at www.FCCRSNC.org.

About Larimer Humane Society

Larimer Humane Society is an independent, non-profit animal welfare organization whose mission is to further the compassionate, safe, and responsible relationship between animals and people. As the largest animal shelter in Northern Colorado, Larimer Humane Society is proud to accept all animals in need regardless of age, breed, medical status or temperament. Learn more at larimerhumane.org.