Dumb Friends League Solutions – Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic FAQ’s

Q: Why is the Dumb Friends League opening a spay/neuter clinic for cats?
The large number of cats living on the streets or waiting for homes in shelters and rescues is one of the biggest challenges in animal welfare across the country and in Colorado. While the Dumb Friends League performs approximately 4,500 spay/neuter surgeries on cats at their shelters prior to adoption each year, and another 5,600 spay/neuter surgeries on owned and community cats through its mobile spay/neuter clinics, there remains a need to make fully subsidized spay/neuter services for cats more accessible in our community. The goal of the Dumb Friends League Solutions – Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic is to help reduce cat overpopulation in metro Denver and beyond by spaying or neutering an additional 10,000 cats each year.

Q: Why isn’t the clinic also open to dogs?
Cat overpopulation is a much greater challenge than dog overpopulation in metro Denver, so the focus of this facility and program will be to spay and neuter cats. The Dumb Friends League will continue to offer low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for dogs, subsidized by its donors, on its Lulu Mobile spay/neuter clinic.

Q: What kind of cats are eligible for surgery at the clinic?
The clinic is open to Colorado cats, including feral cats, trap-neuter-return (TNR) cats and community cats (defined as free-roaming cats, whether tame or feral), and owned cats. We do not accept cats from profit breeders.

Q: How will feral, TNR and community cats get to the clinic?
The Dumb Friends League will work closely with other local organizations, including Denver Animal Protection, Metro Denver C.A.T. and a number of rescues and TNR groups, for trapping and transporting services.

Q: Will the cats get vaccinations along with their spay/neuter surgery?
Yes, cats that undergo spay/neuter surgery at the clinic will receive age-appropriate vaccinations, including rabies.

Q: Will any other services be available at the clinic?
For cats admitted for spay/neuter surgery we administer FVRCP and (age appropriate) rabies vaccinations at no charge, the owners can elect to have them tested for Felv/FIV and/or microchipped for a fee.

Q: Who will be performing surgeries at the new clinic?
Dumb Friends League veterinarians who are licensed to practice in the state of Colorado will perform the surgeries, assisted by Dumb Friends League veterinary technicians.

Q: Do you need to have a low income in order to get your cat spared or neutered at the clinic?
No, anyone can bring a cat(s) to be spayed or neutered at the clinic, regardless of income. There are no income qualifications for clients who bring cats to the clinic.

Q: How will you let people know about the clinic?
As part of this proactive new program, the Dumb Friends League humane education staff will be going our into the community to teach the value of spaying and neutering to people in underserved areas that would be most likely to use the services of the clinic. In addition, the Dumb Friends League outreach staff will be canvassing neighborhoods and speaking to community groups.

Q: Does the Colorado veterinary community support the new clinic?
Yes, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) surveyed its veterinarian membership to access the level of support for a fully subsidized, no-barrier spay/neuter clinic. The survey revealed strong support for a cat-only spay/neuter clinic. Consequently, the CVMA Executive Board voted to fully support the clinic, and it has also been fully supported by CVMA leadership.

Q: Is the new clinic going to replace the mobile spay/neuter clinics operated by the Dumb Friends League?
No, the new clinic will augment—not replace—the Dumb Friends League’s mobile spay/neuter program. The Dumb Friends League Meow Mobile and Lulu Mobile will continue to travel to underserved areas of metro Denver to provide free spay/neuter surgeries for cats and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for dogs (Lulu Mobile only), subsidized by Dumb Friends League donors.

Q: Who is funding the clinic?
The Dumb Friends League Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic is being funded for a three-year period by generous grants from the Animal Assistance Foundation, PetSmart Charities and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), as well as by the Dumb Friends League.

Q: How do I reschedule my appointment?
If you’d like to reschedule your appointment, please make a new appointment and indicate in the “Notes” section which appointment date you are canceling.