Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic says kittens and puppies can go into heat as early as 4 and 5 months old
“Precious, Not Parents” campaign, funded by a grant from PetSmart Charities®,
offers $20 spay/neuter surgeries for puppies and kittens under 6 months old
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (July 16, 2018) – They may be just babies, but kittens as young as 4 months and puppies as young as 5 months are old enough to get pregnant and have their first litter just two months later. “These precious babies shouldn’t be parents at 5 and 6 months old,” says Dr. Gloria Matsushita, staff veterinarian at Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic.
That’s why Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic is launching the “Precious, Not Parents” campaign, funded by a grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America. Through the “Precious, Not Parents” campaign, Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic will provide $20 spay and neuter surgeries for up to 200 puppies and kittens age 6 months and younger during the month of August for residents of Larimer and Weld counties in Colorado and Laramie and Albany Counties in Wyoming.
Some pet parents may worry that their pet is too young for this procedure, but spaying and neutering is safe and easy for kittens and puppies as young as 8 to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. In fact, Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic has performed thousands of pediatric spay/neuter surgeries since 2007.
“Many owners put off the procedure and wait until the puppy or kitten is 6 to 8 months old,” says Matsushita. “But by then, a litter of puppies or kittens can be born.”
The “Precious, Not Parents” campaign was funded by a PetSmart Charities spay/neuter grant for more than $32,000 that the Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic received from PetSmart Charities earlier this year. With the help of animal welfare partners, such as Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic, PetSmart Charities has facilitated over 1.7 million spay and neuter surgeries in the U.S. since 2009.
This special $20 rate is even less than Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic’s normal subsidized price and is available to all residents of Larimer and Weld counties in Colorado and Laramie and Albany Counties in Wyoming. The clinic is located at 2321 E. Mulberry St., Unit 3, Fort Collins, CO 80524.
Pet parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Precious, Not Parents” campaign when they call to schedule their appointment. The campaign is based on availability. Please visit www.FCCRSNC.org or call (970) 484-1861 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Spanish-speaking pet owners may call (970) 672-3550.
About Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic
Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic is an adoption guarantee, nonprofit cat shelter and low-cost 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 15,000 cats, and the clinic has performed over 53,000 surgeries.
About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. In addition to finding homes for almost 500,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities provides funding to non-profits aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar donated and has become the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, donating about $300 million to date. PetSmart
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