Humane Ohio, a non-profit organization that provides low-cost spay/neuter to cats, is planning its annual “Beat the Heat” promotion next month to battle the expected influx of unwanted litters.
For just $20, Humane Ohio for the month of February will spay female cats in an effort to prevent unwanted litters in the spring and summer.
The special rate is even less than the group’s normal low-cost price and applies to all residents of Lucas and Wood counties (must provide proof of residency).
To take advantage of the rate, cat owners must mention “Beat the Heat” when scheduling their appointments at 419-266-5607.
Jill Borkowski, marketing manager for Humane Ohio, said the group started the “Beat the Heat” promotion in 2007 to avoid the onslaught of unwanted litters in the spring and summer, the peak period for litters. The special rate of $20 is less than half or the group’s normal low-cost price, she added.
“Beat the Heat has become an annual promotion that’s in its third year. During the 2009 “Beat the Heat” promotion, we spayed 266 female cats and prevented countless unwanted litters,” said Borkowski.
Every June, the group runs its “No Father’s Day” promotion to neuter male cats at the same low rate as female cats in the “Beat the Heat,” promotion, she added.
Lisa Hochradel, Humane Ohio Clinic Director, calls the “Beat the Heat” promotion a “win-win.”
“Every spring, local animal shelters and rescue groups are flooded with thousands of kittens, We can help these organizations by preventing unwanted kittens from being born, and we can help people with female cats by offering a really special rate to spay their cat,” she said.
“Female cats can have as many as three litters a year, and kittens can breed as young as four months old,” said Hochradel. “It’s our goal to eliminate pet overpopulation in our community by offering affordable and accessible spay/neuter.”
Humane Ohio operates a low-cost spay/neuter clinic to serve pet owners, feral cat caretakers, animal shelters and rescue groups. The organization receives private donations and grants to help subsidize the higher cost of spay/neuter procedures.
The clinic uses state of the art instruments and equipment, and all spay/neuter surgeries are performed by qualified, licensed vets. Every pet receives a brief physical exam and pain medication as part of the procedure.
The group has fixed over 30,000 dogs and cats since 2002.
For more information, visit the group’s Web site at www.humaneohio.org