Warmer weather may still be months away, but Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic wants you to “Beat the Heat” by spaying your cat in advance of her heat cycle and preventing unwanted litters from being born this spring. Animal shelters commonly refer to spring as “kitten season” because that is when they receive the largest influx numbers of unwanted litters that are difficult to adopt.

Through the “Beat the Heat” campaign, Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic will provide $20 spay surgeries for 200 female cats during the month of February. Call the clinic at 970-484-1861 to schedule an appointment. The campaign is sponsored by PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America.

Spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless-pet population and is safe for kittens as young as 8- to 10-weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Spaying a female cat before the first heat cycle can be beneficial, improving the health of the pet by reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.

“Female cats can have as many as three litters a year, and kittens can breed as young as 4 months old,” clinic staff veterinarian Gloria Matsushita said. “Most people don’t want to see their cat get pregnant over and over again, so hopefully our ‘Beat the Heat’ campaign will serve as a gentle reminder to cat owners to sterilize their cats before they go into heat this year.”

This special $20 rate is even less than the organization’s normal low-cost price and is available to all residents of northern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming. Cat parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Beat the Heat” campaign when they schedule their appointment. This campaign is based on availability.

Visit www.FCCRSNC.org or call 970-484-1861 for more information or to schedule an appointment. The clinic is located at 2321 E. Mulberry St. #9 in Fort Collins.

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