The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society is offering no-cost spay and neuter surgeries as well as free rabies vaccinations as part of “Community Cats,” a project by PetSmart Charities to alter free-roaming cats.
In April, the program will provide $634,692 to spay and neuter over 13,000 cats across the United States.
If left unchecked, feral and stray cats can produce large quantities of unwanted kittens each spring, leading to higher euthanasia rates and increased strain on local animal shelters.
“Female cats can have as many as three litters a year, and kittens can breed as young as four months old,” says Liz Pease, Director of Operations at MRFRS. “Most people don’t want to see the cats they’re feeding get pregnant over and over again, so our ‘Community Cats’ campaign will serve as a gentle reminder to caretakers of free-roaming cat colonies to catch and sterilize their cats.”
Residents interested in taking advantage of the program should call 978-465-1940 or visit mrfrs.org/catmobile. Anyone wishing to take advantage of the offer is requested to mention the Community Cats program when making an appointment.