Free program spays and neuters feral cats in Carson City, Washoe County

Thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities, feral cats in Carson City can now be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and ear-tipped for free as part of Nevada Humane Society’s Trap-Neuter-Return program.

“Female cats can have as many as three litters a year, and kittens can breed as young as four months old,” says Kimberly Wade, Communications Director for Nevada Humane Society. “Most people don’t want to see the cats they’re feeding get pregnant over and over again, so this Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program will serve as a gentle reminder to caretakers of free-roaming cat colonies to catch and sterilize their cats. In addition, this is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population and offers health benefits to cats by reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.”

Residents of Washoe County and Carson City are eligible for the program. In Washoe County, call 775-856-2000, ext. 200 and in Carson City, contact 775-887-2171.

The program offers weekly clinics, and appointments aren’t necessary. Cats must arrive in humane traps (no boxes, crates or pet carriers). Loaner traps are available in exchange for a refundable deposit. Kittens must be a minimum of 3 pounds or 3 months old

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