Photo by Martin Owen
Paws-itive Partners, along with the group P.A.L.s (Prevent-A-Litter), host an all-out effort in February to help low to moderate income cat owners spay and neuter their pets.
The program is called Love My Cat.
Love My Cat has the goal of stopping over population, spokeswoman Jo Mayber said.
Low to moderate income cat owners will pay only $25 for their cat’s spay and neuter at veterinary clinics in North Platte and Sutherland.
Paws-itive Partners and P.A.L.s is paying the balance of the fees. The $25 fee is payable to the clinic at the time of the appointment. Pet owners can call veterinary clinics to schedule an appointment. They don’t have to contact Paws-itive Partners or P.A.L.s in order to use Love My Cat.
It is the most effective way to stop pet overpopulation, said Levaun Beyer from Paws-itive Partners.
“It reduces the number of unwanted pets and pet deaths,” Beyer said
This is the fourth time Paws-itive Partners has sponsored the Love My Cat program since fall 2011. So far, 1,046 cats and kittens in the Lincoln County area have been spayed and neutered.
“Love My Cat has been a great success in the past and we’re hoping this time will be just as successful,” Beyer said.
Velma Carlson hopes people bring in homeless and feral cats too.
“Homeless and feral cats have a harder time than most and they need extra help to stop overpopulation,” said Carlson, a long-time P.A.L.s member.
P.A.L.s and Paws-itive Partners encourage people to humanely trap homeless and feral cats and take them to be spayed and neutered.
No cat will be turned away, but the non-profit organizations and veterinary clinics stress that Love My Cat’s focus is low- to moderate-income pet owners and homeless and feral cats.
If pet owners have the financial means to spay and neuter, please do so, and allow Love My Cat to use resources for the people and cats that need them most, Mayber said.
Beyer said Love My Cat appointments fill up fast, so people are urged to schedule their pet’s appointment right away.
Carlson hopes for as many cats and kittens as possible to be spayed and neutered during February.
If pet owners have questions, they can call their veterinary clinic or Jo Mayber at 308-532-8814.