South County Cats Programs
These programs have significantly decreased the number of surplus litters born to companion and community cats, thus preventing thousands of cats and kittens from entering our local shelters.
Our vision is a community where our shelters have space to provide temporary care for homeless pets and pets whose caretakers can no longer keep them due to life-changing circumstances, until they can be placed in permanent homes. Through spay and neuter we can prevent surplus animals from overcrowding our shelters.
Companion Cat Spay/Neuter Program
Through partnerships with local veterinary and spay/neuter clinics, South County Cats provides financial assistance, and transportation when needed, for limited-income families, disabled and senior citizens to have their companion cat(s) spayed or neutered.
We provide assistance with Trap-Neuter-Return of community cats (stray, feral, abandoned) to prevent the next generation of feral cats. The offspring of community cats are socialized whenever possible, spayed or neutered, and adopted as family pets. Additionally, we educate the public about community cats and their place in our environment.
Foster Kitten Spay/Neuter Program
South County Cats accepts kittens whose mothers (and other cats in the household or yard) are spayed or neutered through our programs, as volunteer foster homes are available. These kittens receive treatment for internal and external parasites, are vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed or neutered before adoption.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In 2013 South County Cats formed a partnership with Pasado’s Safe Haven and Regional Animal Services-King County, bringing dedicated, accessible, free or low-cost cat and dog spay/neuter to south King county. Nearly all cat spay/neuters are fully or partially funded by South County Cats. This includes companion, feral and free-roaming (community) cats. Over 600 cats (and over 100 dogs) were spayed or neutered at the south King County spay station in 2013.
The ongoing success and sustainability of our Spay/Neuter programs depend on fundraising, grants and donations. GiveBIG 2014 donations will be used to provide financial assistance for limited income south King County residents to have their cat(s) spayed or neutered through South County Cats' partnerships with Pasado’s Safe Haven Spay Station, spay/neuter clinics and private veterinarians.