The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Maui (SPCA Maui) will hold a one-day, low-cost spay/neuter clinic for cats on Sunday, Dec. 2, in Central Maui. The procedures will be performed by a licensed veterinarian on a donation basis; reservations will be taken for household pets, community cats or feral animals that have been trapped.
"All Maui cats are welcome," said SPCA Maui Vice President Peter Tierney. "Thanks to a grant SPCA Maui has received, pet owners and feline colony volunteers can pay what they are able to receive professional spay/neuter services."
Procedures will be performed by licensed veterinarian Dr. Celina Hatt, an expert in mass spay/neuter clinics. SPCA Maui's volunteer vet techs work alongside Dr. Hatt at stations for examination, sedation, and pre-surgical prep.
"Our team of caring volunteers watches over each cat during the entire process," said Sue Liscombe, clinic coordinator and SPCA Maui board member. "The all-day clinic runs like clockwork thanks to the dedication of Dr. Hatt and our volunteer staff and vet techs."
Cats may be dropped off between 8 and 10 a.m., and picked up by 4 p.m. All cats must be in hard-sided carriers with the owner's name and contact information clearly visible. All cats will receive a tattoo for identification. Additionally, feral cats will receive a small identifying notch in the ear. Reservations may be made by calling SPCA Maui at (808) 280-0738, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.??Although there is no official count of Maui's total cat population, some cat colony experts put a conservative estimate in the high hundred thousands.
"The fastest, easiest and most-cost effective solution to our growing cat population is mass spay and neuter clinics," Tierney noted. "These simple procedures can prevent hundreds of future litters and thousands of kittens."
SPCA Maui provides a limited number of cat traps free of charge through the group's trap lending program. A small, refundable deposit is requested to help cover the cost of the trap.??To make a reservation for the spay/neuter cat clinic, volunteer or inquire about cat traps or dog spay/neuter assistance, contact SPCA Maui at 808-280-0738; email email@example.com. Visit www.spcamaui.org.
SPCA Maui is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Its mission is to create a "no more homeless pets" Maui and to stop the killing of companion animals as a means of population control.