On Saturday, October 31, 2015, the Clinic held a free Wellness Event at the American Legion's Hall on College Avenue in Waterville, where pets received vaccinations and parasite treatment and were offered vouchers for free spay-neuter with transport to our Topsham Clinic.
Community Spay-Neuter Clinic is thrilled to announce two grants from PetSmart Charities that will allow us to do an even better job of reducing unwanted litters in Maine. Starting immediately, the Clinic is launching its P.A.T. (People and Animals Together) Program that is funded by PetSmart Charities' Community Pets Program. The Clinic has partnered with the Humane Society of Waterville Area, which is networked in the community and will contribute valuable focus on helping people keep their animals by promoting wellness and affordable spay-neuter. This grant targets specific census tracts in Waterville Maine that stand out in Maine for low income and low access to basic services. Community Spay-Neuter Clinic will offer 500 free sterilizations for dogs and cats from these neighborhoods (see area of map in yellow outline) over the next 12 months, as well as free rabies and distemper vaccination, and flea and parasite treatment.
On October 31st, Halloween, the Clinic will hold a free Wellness Event at the American Legion's Hall on College Avenue in Waterville, where pets will receive vaccinations and parasite treatment and can get a voucher for free spay-neuter with transport to our Topsham Clinic. Pet owners should bring dogs on a leash and cats in a hard plastic carrier, as well as a utility bill or lease agreement as proof of residence in a designated neighborhood. Any questions, call us at 721-8395.
Community Spay-Neuter Clinic of Freeport has become Maine's largest provider of affordable spay-neuter services in Maine. With over 17,000 dog and cat sterilizations in the past 4 1/2 years, we have helped thousands of low-income families have their pets fixed, and prevented hundreds, if not thousands, of unwanted litters. Providing free transport to Augusta, Waterville, Bangor and Thomaston, and offering mobile clinic services in other locations, our services are increasingly available to more economically disadvantaged regions of Maine.
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Doesn't everyone get their cat or dog spayed and neutered?
No. There are millions of healthy animals put to death each year in U.S. animal shelters because of unaltered cats and dogs and not enough homes for their offspring. Some people don't know this, or they don't recognize this is related to themselves or their pets.
People put off spay, neuter due to issues of money, transportation, or time. Some people believe it's more fair to allow the cat or dog to mate "just this once" — or they think a female pregnancy and offspring will be sweet or educational for their human children. Also, some people don't know that:
Pets can start mating as early as six months
Even indoor-only house pets often find ways to get outdoors when the sexual urge hits them. Whether they disappear for good (due to panic, accidents, or enemies) or they return home, babies are the result.
An unaltered male cat can father hundreds of kittens a year.
Statistically speaking, even if a person finds good homes for a litter, some of the litter will grow up and produce litters of their own.
Spaying a female before her first heat protects her from risks of uterine, ovarian, and mammary cancers.
Spaying also protects her from the stresses of pregnancy.
Spaying reduces her frantic interest in the outdoors and reduces the chances that she'll wander far.
Spaying reduces the chances she'll mark your home with urine when she's in heat.
Unaltered pets have urges that make them irritable and anxious. They yowl or whine frequently, fight with other pets, and/or destroy objects in the house.
Neutering a male reduces his risk from numerous health problems.
Neutering lowers his urge to roam and to fight, and thus lowers chances of disease transmission and woundings.
Neutering also reduces his tendency to spray in the home.
And neutering eliminates the powerful odor of adult male cat urine.