APL to Spay and Neuter Feral Cats

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Springfield - In the month of April, the Animal Protective League will offer free spray and neuter surgeries and rabies vaccinations to outdoor feral and stray cats. 

It is part of the "Community Cats" campaign as part of the Pet Smart Charities spay and neuter campaign. 

Spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population and is safe for kittens as young as eight to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. The Association says "spaying a female cat before the first heat cycle can be beneficial, improving the health of the cat 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 four months old," says Deana Corbin, executive director of APL.  "Most people don't want to see the cats they're feeding get pregnant over and over again, so our "Community Cats" campaign will serve as a gentle reminder to caretakers of free-roaming cat colonies to catch and sterilize their cats."
This special free rate is available to all residents of Sangamon County and the surrounding areas. Residents feeding free-roaming cats who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the "Community Cat" campaign when scheduling their appointment. Appointments are based on availability.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, interested persons should visit WWW.apl-shelter.org  or call 217-789-SPAY (7729).

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