PAWR officials say PetSmart Charities of Canada has donated $14,500 to fund the effort.
It has been just over a year since Pet And Wildlife Rescue took over the operation of the animal shelter in Chatham, and since day one, officials say their focus has been on improving the lives of local animals. Providing affordable or free spay/neuters for cat owners has always been one of their top priorities.
“We’re proud to support Pet And Wildlife Rescue with this grant that will bolster the organization’s spring kitten intervention plan by offering subsidized spay/neuter procedures for the pets of residents in the Chatham-Kent region,” PetSmart Charities of Canada’s regional relationship manager, Dani Mailing, said in a media release.
“Our team is excited to take the first step in our journey to bring the number of cats in our community to a more sustainable level. By spaying or neutering our feline population, we hope to prevent unplanned litters and enhance the perception of cats in our community as treasured members of our families,” Myriam Armstrong, Operations Manager at Pet And Wildlife Rescue, said in a release.
Applicants will be required to bring proof of Chatham-Kent residence in order to qualify for a free spay/neuter voucher, and some restrictions will apply as to which cats will be good candidates for the surgery. There will be a one voucher per family rule.
The first registration blitz will take place at the PetSmart store in Chatham on Feb. 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Applicants will be asked to bring a piece of ID and their cat’s paperwork/health information.
Registration information will be available on www.pawr.org and on the animal welfare agency’s Facebook page.