Spay/Neuter Services

 

Spay/Neuter Calendar

Please check our calendar for details about your area .


ABOUT OUR PROGRAM:

We have been offering low-cost, high-volume spay/neuter services to Southwest Washington cats since August, 2011.  We utilize the surgical services of the Feral Cat Spay Neuter Project  (please do not make your reservation(s) on their website – we book appointments on your behalf) and facilitate an average 1,000 spays/neuters per year for residents of Lewis, Thurston, Cowlitz and Grays Harbor counties.  We do not impose income guidelines and it does not matter where you live.  It also does not matter whether the cat needing surgery is owned or unowned or is tame, feral or somewhere in between.  The only requirements are that the cat weigh at least 2 pounds, be visibly healthy, not be detectibly pregnant, and, of course, needs to be fixed!

 

COST (2 parts)

  • 1. PAID IN ADVANCE — To The Cat’s Meow Spay, Neuter & Adoption Project – $15 per cat administration fee to help us meet our expenses – this is paid online or over the phone with a 3rd party processor called “Brown Paper Tickets” in advance to lock in your appointment.  You will need a PayPal account or a debit, credit or prepaid gift card.  If you make your reservation online, you will need an email address; if you do not have an email, make your reservation over the phone.  You will find complete instructions in Step 3 below.

PLUS

  • 2. PAID WITH CASH AT TIME OF DROP OFF — To the Feral Cat Spay Neuter Project – this is paid WITH CASH ONLY AT TIME OF DROP OFF(see Calendar for dates, times and location of drop off).  We, in turn, pay The Feral Cat Spay Neuter Project on the day of surgeries.,
    • SurgeriesFERAL CAT PROJECT’S POLICY is that every cat must be marked either by an ear tip  or abdominal tattoo for the cat’s future safety – make your selection on the “SERVICE REQUEST” form in Step 2.
      • $0 for feral, free-roaming, stray, strictly outdoor cats – they will receive an EAR TIP to indicate that they have been altered.
      • $15 for pet males – they will receive an ABDOMINAL TATTOO to indicate that they have been altered
      • $25 for pet females – they will receive an ABDOMINAL TATTOO to indicate that they have been altered.
      • POTENTIAL NON-STANDARD CHARGES FOR TATTOO CATS (These are not common, but do occur occasionally)
        • $15 for cats that are found to be previously altered to cover cost of anesthesia and time to inspect the cat.  In such a case, there would not be a spay or neuter charge.
        • $10 for male cats that are cryptorchid (one or both testicles have not properly descended)
        • $10 for females with pyometra (puss-filled uterine horns).  More time and care is needed to safely perform a spay under these conditions.
        • $15 for medically-necessary hernia repairs.
    • Extras – these are optional and can only be provided at time of surgery.
      • $10 for rabies vaccine – free for cats being EAR TIPPED.
      • $10 for distemper vaccine  This is a very important vaccine – we recommend that all cats receive this as distemper is usually fatal and is extremely easy to transmit, even to a cat that lives indoors; it can transfer from an infected cat or contaminated soil to an un-vaccinated cat on feet, clothes, hands, etc.  Booster recommended after 30 days and then yearly.
      • $5 for flea control – good for 30 days
      • $5 for tapeworm treatment – cats that have fleas or eat mice will almost always have tapeworms
      • $5 for a blood draw – this is for cats that need to be tested for feline leukemia (FeLV) and/or feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and that cannot be handled for a blood draw unless under anesthesia.  You take the vial of drawn blood to your vet for testing.
      • $15 to purchase a microchip from Feral Cat and have it inserted – registration is free and required
      • $5 to insert a microchip – you must have your own microchip OR purchase one from The Cat’s Meow for $20 at time of drop off (Cat’s Meow microchips include free, life-time registration and come with a tag – the ID# on the tag can be Googled for the finder of your lost pet to contact you faster)

 

WHAT YOU DO

  • Step 1 – Read, understand and follow the information in Step 1 below
  • Step 2 – Print out the forms in Step 2 below – have these filled out to the best of your ability.  We will review these forms with you on the day of drop off and answer any questions you may have.
  • Step 3 – Make your reservation(s) – see Step 3 below
  • Then, arrive on the designated date between the designated times at the appropriate address – see our calendar for these details (drop off is always the afternoon/evening before surgeries)
    • When you arrive, sign in and wait by or in your vehicle – PLEASE LEAVE YOUR CAT(S) IN THEIR CLOSED CARRIERS IN YOUR CLOSED VEHICLE.  We will perform a safety check of your carriers before they are removed from your vehicle.
    • Please be patient.  We could have as many as 50 cats to check in and nearly as many people.  To streamline this process, everyone with a reservation will be contacted a couple days before the “Roundup” and assigned a specific drop off time.  We assign times alphabetically by last name and allocate approximately 15 minutes for 3-5 cats.  EXAMPLE – If Mrs. Adams has 4 cats, she will be assigned a 15 minute block of time.  If she has only one cat and Mrs. Alan has 3 cats, they will both be asked to arrive for the same 15 minute block.  If Mrs. Adams has 6 cats, she will be allocated a 30 minute block for check in.

WHAT WE DO

  • Your cat(s) will spend the night in our locked garage.  Our director will be in the house on the same property as the garage.
  • On the day of surgeries, our director will transport your cat(s) to the Feral Cat Spay Neuter Project in Lynnwood.
    • Our director will unload and stay with the cats for the entire day.
      • Please be available to take a call on the day of surgery.  If there are any questions or difficulties during surgery, we MUST be able to reach you.
  • When surgeries are complete, our director will transport the cats back to the original drop off location for you to pick up (This location is subject to change – please confirm when you drop off your cat(s).)
    • DO NOT ARRIVE TO PICK UP YOUR CAT(S) UNTIL GIVEN AN EXACT PICKUP TIME. Be available for pick up between 6:30pm and 8:00pm – our director will communicate with you via text or phone call to make you aware of the exact time of pick up.
    • Pick up is much quicker than drop off.  If you are able to help unload our van, this process will go even faster.
      • Your cat may be at the back of the van, at the front, or somewhere in the middle.  We can’t anticipate who will arrive at pick up first, therefore we do not load cats in any specific order.
      • Be sure to get your spay or neuter certificate and rabies certificate (if applicable) before you leave with your cat(s)
      • Refer to Post Op Instructions so that you know how to care for your cat(s) after pick up

 

IF YOU WISH TO USE OUR PROGRAM, FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS FOR SPAY/NEUTER SERVICES (be sure to scroll down for all three steps):

STEP 1 of 3.  CAREFULLY READ, UNDERSTAND and FOLLOW:

Please read and comply with our Instructions for Preparing Your Cats and Carriers for Transport or services may be refused.

Also, review and/or print out Ear Tip Post Op Instructions or Non Ear Tip Post Op Instructions so you will be fully prepared when bringing your cat home after surgery

STEP 2 of 3.  BRING THE FOLLOWING FORMS WITH YOU AT TIME OF DROP OFF:

PLEASE SAVE YOURSELF PAPER AND INK AND SAVE US TIME AT CHECK IN – PRINT ONLY WHAT IS NECESSARY – WE DO NOT NEED ANY OF THE FORMS FROM STEP 1 OR STEP 3.  EACH FORM BELOW INDICATES HOW MANY COPIES ARE NEEDED.  THANK YOU FOR HELPING US CARE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.

These forms must be printed and filled out by hand.  If you somehow end up filling them out online, it is likely you ended up on The Feral Cat’s website – please stop and come back to our site.  Please do not make reservations through The Feral Cat Project – we have already booked the appointments on your behalf.

ONE (1) 2-page form FOR EACH CAT – Service Request with Surgical Release  please try to print the Surgical release on the back of the Service Request, if possible.  If you are not able to print front to back, then please print ONE Service Request per cat and ONLY ONE (1) copy of the Surgical Release.

ONLY ONE (1) for each surgical date, not for each cat – FEE SCHEDULE

ONLY ONE (1) for each surgical date, not for each cat – Cat Carrier Policy 

ONLY ONE (1) for each surgical date, not for each cat – Pick Up Instructions 

ONLY ONE (1) for each surgical date, not for each cat – CHECKLIST 

STEP 3 of 3.  RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED to drop off your cat(s)… We call this a Spay Neuter Roundup
      DAYS, TIMES AND LOCATIONS MAY CHANGE – Always check our CALENDAR for details.

RESERVE YOUR CAT’S SPOT(S) USING Brown Paper Tickets – you will need a PayPal account or a debit, credit or prepaid card as well as an email account to receive your order confirmation.  If you don’t have an email address or aren’t comfortable making your reservation(s) online, you may also reach Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 at 1-800-838-3006; select option “1”  and provide them with the event name “Spay Neuter Roundup” – they will step you through the rest of the process and provide you with your confirmation number.

To order online, click this web link (transactions time out at 10 minutes, so if you have multiple cats or slow internet, it is best to call the 800 number in the above paragraph):  FOR SEPTEMBER – www.brownpapertickets.comselect the date you would like to drop off your cat(s), enter the number of female (or unknown gender) & male cats you have and continue through the checkout process to pay your Administration Fee(s).  FOR OCTOBER – www.brownpapertickets.comselect the date you would like to drop off your cat(s), enter the number of female (or unknown gender) & male cats you have and continue through the checkout process to pay your Administration Fee(s).


DROP OFF AND PICK UP VARIES DEPENDING ON YOUR AREA (locations are subject to change – always confirm on our “Calendar”:  

LEWIS COUNTY VICINITY  – 1301 OXFORD AVENUE, CENTRALIA – IN GARAGE BEHIND HOME

COWLITZ COUNTY VICINITY  – The shuttle service from Cowlitz County to Lewis County is temporarily unavailable.  You are still welcome to drop off & pick up your cat(s) at our Lewis County location.

GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY VICINITY  contact Vivian Dahlin with Grays Harbor Spay/Neuter at 360.580.9927 or via Facebook PM

Spay/Neuter Calendar