The Fort Collins Cat Rescue, a non-profit, limited admission, no-kill shelter was established in 2006 after an animal rescue group was not able to take care of 17 cats. For fear of those cats being euthanized at the Humane Society, the no-kill cat rescue was created.
Anna Newbauer, co-founder of the cat rescue and the clinic director of the Fort Collins Spay and Neuter Clinic, said that there are many benefits to spaying or neutering your animals.
â€œIt helps with the overpopulation problem. Every intact animal can produce several litters in their lifetime then their offspring will produce several more and so on. It becomes a large problem rather quickly,â€ Newbauer said.
Sarah Swanty, co-founder and the shelter director for the cat rescue, said that the No. 1 reason for the shelter to spay and neuter animals is to help stop the flood of unwanted kittens.
â€œThe No. 1 reason, for us anyway, is to stop so many homeless kittens from being born. Lots of people donâ€™t realize this, but the Humane Society is forced to euthanize kittens in the summer because there are too many to find homes for,â€ Swanty said.
Newbauer said there are several health benefits to spaying and neutering animals for their own health as well. The surgery can help prevent certain types of cancers, decrease behavior problems and help eliminate aggression, particularly in male animals.
â€œThe animals can become better pets for you because their focus will not be on breeding but on being a pet for you,â€ Newbauer said.
Animal House, a non-profit shelter that partners with about 30 other animal shelters and rescues, goes through the Fort Collins Spay and Neuter Clinic to fix their dogs because of the practical cost.
Housing 50 to 75 dogs at any given time, the Animal House helps to lower the euthanize rates by transferring dogs and puppies to their shelter in order to help get them adopted.
â€œWe essentially could not be able to do what we do without their support. They are very reasonable in their costs, and that alone is a big savings for our operating budget,â€ Sandra Risler, executive director of the Animal House, said.
Risler added that the Fort Collins Spay and Neuter Clinic does wonderful work and the Animal House is happy to know that their money is cycled back into helping other animals.
Among these services, the Fort Collins Cat Rescue also provides most of the general preventive medicines like vaccinations, microchipping and testing for dogs and cats.
The discounted prices and services are open to everyone and all of the services provided have a financial assistance program that if needed, could be used.
For a full price list of services for both cats and dogs visit http://www.fortcollinscatrescue.org/fccr_spay.html.
Staff writer Justyna Tomtas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spay and neuter
What: Fort Collins Cat Rescue and the Fort Collins Spay and Neuter Clinic provide community members with discounted prices for spay/neuter services.
Prices: Cat spay: $55, cat neuter: $35. Dog spay/neuter: $70 to $95 depending on sex and weight.
Many other services available, for price lists visit http://www.fortcollinscatrescue.org/fccr_spay.html