Pima Animal Care Center Offers Free Spay and Spay Event


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To kick off National Wildcat Day, the Pima Animal Care Center is hosting a free spay and neuter event called Snip ‘N’ Tip for community cats from October 16-17 at PACC’s multi-purpose room, 4000 North Silverbell Road.

Monica Dangler, director of animal services, hopes the event is the first in a long series.

“With the approval of the Supervisory Board, PACC is pleased to scale up the Community Cat program here in Pima County,” said Dangler. “We are adding a vet and several vet technicians to help us really focus on caring for the cats in the community.” Community cats are cats that prefer to live outdoors. The event is part of PACC’s Expanded Community Cat Trap (TNR) program.

TNR is the humane and efficient way to reduce the number of cats living on the streets of Pima County. It improves the overall health of cats and prevents future generations of kittens from being born outdoors.

The event is aimed at outdoor community cats and kittens living in Pima County. Kittens should weigh at least 1.5 pounds and have a dedicated sitter to watch them after surgery. Anyone can participate by bringing an outdoor cat to a transport cage or secure cat trap. People who bring cats will be responsible for bringing them back to their neighborhood.

By bringing cats, people can support a participating 501v3 shelter, rescue, or TNR organization. These nonprofit partners will receive $ 10 per chat and be eligible for additional prizes. Incentives were generously provided by donations. If a trapper needs a trap or transporter, they can contact PACC’s Community Cat Program by sending an email to [email protected] They can register for the event at app.waitwhile.com/book/snipntip.

All cats will receive:

  • Brief examination by a licensed veterinarian
  • FVRCP vaccines (Feline viral rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia)
  • Rabies vaccines
  • Parasite treatment as needed
  • Minor medical care as needed
  • Microchip implantation
  • A mouthpiece (humanely driven under anesthesia)
  • The female cats will also receive a green tattoo next to the sterilization site (humanely conducted under anesthesia)

Dr. Jennifer Wilcox, Director of Veterinary Services, timed her team’s speed to optimize the safe and efficient conduct of surgeries for large numbers of cats.

“With the combined efforts of our partners in Pima County, we have been able to sterilize and neuter thousands of cats over the past year,” said Wilcox. “We want to sterilize 600 cats during the Snip ‘N’ Tip event to make up for lost time due to COVID. We plan to step up our TNR efforts once our 5th vet is recruited! The surgery filing times are:

  • Friday, October 15, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 16, 7 a.m. to noon
  • Saturday, October 16, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 17, 7 a.m. to noon

When registering through the link, trappers will be notified when cats are ready to be picked up.

This event was made possible by Friends of Pima Animal Care Center, Petco Love, Clara Lee Arnold, Melinda Correll and Bonnie Kay.


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