Why should I spay/neuter my cat?
Spaying females and neutering males dramatically reduces the number of animals with no loving homes and actually decreases the risk of many serious diseases. If you do not spay or neuter your cat, you are inevitably contributing to cat homelessness and suffering.
What is spaying?
Spaying is the surgical removal of the female reproductive organs. It eliminates behaviors associated with the heat cycle, like kneading, howling and restlessness. It also greatly reduces the risk of mammary cancer.
What is neutering?
Neutering is the surgical removal of parts of the male reproductive organs. It prevents spraying, roaming and cat fights over females and territory. The urine of a neutered cat is less smelly.
PFC Spay/Neuter Policy
All cats, 6 months or older, upon entering our shelter are examined for previous sterilization. Any cat not sterilized is spayed or neutered before adoption. Adopters of kittens younger than 6 months must sign an agreement upon adoption stating that sterilization will be completed when their veterinarian determines the cat is old enough. Each person who adopts kittens is required to make a $50 deposit that is refunded upon submission of proof of sterilization. A volunteer calls when the kitten is six months old to remind owners it is time to have their kittens spayed or neutered. Permanent records for each cat are updated after the Spay/Neuter procedure. Financially challenged adopters are eligible for a low-cost S/N voucher from the VCAF.
Falmouth’s stray and surrendered cat population continues to increase at an alarming rate. More cat owners are forced to surrender their pets and fewer are able to afford rising prices for necessary vaccinations and veterinary care for their cats. Many potential adopters are hesitant to adopt due to personal financial concerns. Local and national economic problems place a tremendous financial strain on our shelter and our ability to continue providing financial assistance for veterinary care is severely compromised. Our goal is to provide financial assistance to cat owners who may not otherwise be able to afford spay/neuter surgery, required vaccinations or other medical care.
Veterinary Care Assistance Fund
Do you need financial help to spay/neuter your cat, or for an illness or injury?
We can help with low-cost spaying and neutering. Thanks to several generous grants, PFC is able to offer financial help with spay/neuter and other medical procedures. If you live in Bourne, Falmouth or Mashpee, MA, and you receive a form of public assistance like Social Security Disability, Unemployment insurance or some other financial assistance, you probably qualify for a PFC voucher for a spay or neuter procedure at one of our local Falmouth veterinary offices. Assistance is also available for other veterinary care needed by your pet. CALL OUR HOTLINE: 508-540-5654 and speak to one of our volunteers to see if you qualify. After the application is approved, qualified cat owners meet with a PFC volunteer and receive either a reduced cost S/N voucher or are directed to one of our cooperating local veterinarians for discounted veterinary care. PFC works with Deer Run Veterinary Services, South Cape Veterinary Clinic, and West Falmouth Veterinary Clinic.
Other Spay/Neuter Resources
The Animal Rescue League of Boston's Spay Waggin' has a mobile unit that comes to the area to spay and neuter owners' cats for a very reasonable fee, which includes vaccines and flea and worm treatments if needed.
The MSPCA in Centerville has a low-cost spay/neuter program for Hyannis and Falmouth residents.