At the Sacramento SPCA we are known problem-solvers. So, in 2007, as the number of feral cats entering the shelter continued to rise, a group of dedicated staff and volunteers decided to create a special day just for feral cats.
More than 20,000 spays and neuters later, “Feral Cat Sundays” are creating change in our community. Four Sundays each month, surgeons, vet techs and a crew of volunteers (many of them UC Davis veterinary students) arrive at the SPCA spay/neuter clinic ready and eager to get to work helping homeless cats.
In addition to the special Sunday clinics, SPCA surgeons perform an average of 1,440 annual feral cat surgeries during regular clinic hours Monday – Saturday. Since 2007, more than 10,000 of these additional surgeries have been performed – bring the number of feral and community cats altered to more than 30,000.
“Since we started our feral cat spay/neuter program, the numbers of kittens surrendered to area animal shelters has reduced dramatically,” says SPCA Chief of Shelter Medicine, Dr. Laurie Siperstein-Cook. “We like to think that our trap-neuter-return clinics have played a role in helping to reduce the number of unwanted kittens being born in the Sacramento community,.”
Whether they arrive for a Sunday clinic, or are trapped and brought in during the week, feral cats are not only altered through the SPCA clinic, these cats are vaccinated, treated for fleas and ear-tipped to permanently identify them as altered. In many cases, injured and sick feral cats are provided with basic treatment that allows the cats to be returned to their colonies not only altered but healthier than before coming in to the clinic.
To reserve one or more spots at a Feral Sunday clinic, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at (916) 504-2818. The price for the Sunday clinics is $17 per cat and includes spay/neuter, a mandatory ear tip, FVRCP and rabies vaccinations, and a flea treatment.
Trapped feral cats may also be brought to the Sacramento SPCA Spay/Neuter clinic, Monday through Saturday without an appointment. Space at these clinics is limited; therefore, we will only accept one trapped cat per person, per day. Surgery spaces will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. The price is $50 for a female and $35 for a male and includes spay/neuter, FVRCP and rabies vaccinations, and a mandatory ear tip.