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Dumb Friends League opens new cat spay/neuter clinic
On Jan. 17, the Dumb Friends League opened a new spay/neuter clinic for cats as part of our ongoing efforts to reduce the number of cats on our streets and in shelters. Our goal is to spay or neuter 10,000 cats per year at the clinic, in addition to the 10,000-plus cats we spay or neuter at our shelters prior to adoption and on our mobile clinics each year.
The Dumb Friends League Solutions – Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic will offer fully subsidized (no-cost) spay/neuter surgeries for all Colorado cats, including feral cats, trap-neuter-return (TNR) cats and community cats (tame or feral free-roaming cats), and owned cats. Anyone can bring a cat to the clinic for spay/neuter surgery, regardless of income.
The clinic is located at PetAid Colorado on 191 Yuma St. in Denver, conveniently located in central Denver near I-25 and 6th Avenue West. The clinic is operated by the Dumb Friends League and staffed by members of the Dumb Friends League veterinary team. For more information, visit ddfl.org/catclinic.
Together with the Dumb Friends League, the new facility and spay/neuter program are being partially funded for a three-year period by generous grants totaling $900,000 donated by the Animal Assistance Foundation, PetSmart Charities® and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Additionally, updates to the surgical suite and new surgical equipment for the clinic were made possible by a generous gift from longtime League supporter Henry Roath.
The no-cost cat spay/neuter program has been endorsed by the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and the local veterinary community. We will be working closely with local organizations, including Denver Animal Protection, Metro Denver C.A.T. and a number of rescues and TNR groups, for cat trapping and transporting services.
To promote the clinic, the Dumb Friends League humane education and outreach staff will be providing information on the value of spaying and neutering to residents of underserved communities who are most likely to use the clinic’s services.
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