May 21, 2018
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PAWS to hold springtime cat and kitten spay-neuter clinic in Washington County

Community Author: SA Lambert
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CALAIS — On April 13-15, PAWS Brave Hearts will host a springtime spay/neuter clinic for income-qualified Washington County families in collaboration with their partners, Community Spay/Neuter Clinic (CSNC) and AWS/The Cleo Fund.  Since 2016, hundreds of cats and kittens, including feral felines living outdoors, have been fixed and provided with preventative care at these Calais events.  The 2018 clinic is back by popular demand, as PAWS has been hearing from local families who want to fix their cats and provide them with wellness care, all of which is having a huge impact in Washington County.

The low-cost April clinic, which will be conveniently located at the Calais Recreation Center, includes a wellness check, spay or neuter, and rabies vaccination for cats and kittens over 12 weeks old.  Healthy kittens between 8-12 weeks old who weigh over 2 pounds can be fixed even though they are not old enough for a rabies vaccination.  Families can also provide essential wellness services such as vaccinating for distemper, deworming and defleaing their cats and kittens for a nominal fee.  As always, community cats living in outdoor colonies and being fed by Good Samaritans are also welcome.

These clinics are addressing three important animal welfare goals: first, to improve the health and well-being of families’ beloved feline companions by making services affordable and convenient to income-qualified families; second, to reduce overpopulation of felines who may outnumber the loving homes available to them; and, third, to reduce the suffering of so many kittens who are unable to survive or thrive when they are born outdoors.  The available spaces are filling up and residents need to pre-register right away with CSNC at 207-721-8395 to schedule services for their cats and kittens.