The first 200 kittens and cats of Santa Barbara County residents signed up for spaying or neutering in the month of September will pay only $20. Kitten and cat owners are encouraged to call Santa Barbara County Animal Services’ Project PetSafe Team, Santa Maria Animal Center, at 805.934.6968 or the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society at 805.349.3435 to schedule an appointment to spay/neuter their kittens and cats for only $20 in September 2013.

This “Beat the Heat” program is deliberately designed to take place in September, when many female cats go into heat and become pregnant. Each female as young as 5 months of age would likely deliver 15-20 kittens over the course of one year. Kitten and cat owners from Santa Maria, Orcutt, Lompoc, Santa Ynez Valley, New Cuyama, and Guadalupe are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to alter their feline friends.

“Beat the Heat” will increase the number of cats that are spayed and neutered in the county and in turn help eliminate hundreds of unwanted kittens coming into our shelters each year. The problem is preventable and the solution is affordable. This special program is targeted to help caring families and individuals who are trying their best to be responsible pet owners by spaying and neutering their companion animals.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services, Santa Maria Valley Humane Society, Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society, Santa Barbara Humane Society, C.A.R.E.4Paws, DAWG, VIVA, and the Santa Barbara County Animal Care Foundation are part of the Responsible Pet Ownership (RPO) Alliance, a coalition of Santa Barbara County animal welfare agencies, shelters, and nonprofit organizations working collaboratively to promote responsible pet ownership and ensure that affordable spay/neuter services are available countywide.

Be part of the solution. Spread the word to family and friends about the “Beat the Heat” program. Make an appointment today to get your kittens and cats spayed and neutered in September. For more information, contact the Project PetSafe Team, at 805.934.6968.


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