Owners can spay and neuter cats at discounted rate in February

Maureen O'Leary

“Fix a Feline” is an initiative to spay and neuter cats all February long in order to prevent more animals ending up in animal shelters.

The Humane Society of Statesboro Bulloch County is sponsoring the event and is partnering with Best Friends Animal Hospital, Westside Veterinary Hospital, Statesboro Regional Animal Hospital and the Spay/Neuter Alliance clinic to provide spaying and neutering for $50.

“So many animals are put in shelters in Statesboro and we would like to promote spaying and neutering cats to avoid that cycle from continuing,” Deborah Kosina, Humane Society of Bulloch County’s Spaying and Neutering Coordinator, said.

More than 2,000 cats are euthanized in Bulloch County every year.

Kosina said that cats tend to reproduce more frequently in springtime because it is their mating season, though in Statesboro it’s warm enough for cats to mate year-round.

“Cats can conceive when they’re only six months old. So even though, to an owner, their pet is still a kitten, they can get pregnant. And giving birth young is very stressful for a cat,” Kosina said.

The Humane Society partners with the participating hospitals by marketing the event and supplementing the doctors’ payment for each procedure.

Anyone looking to adopt a cat from the Humane Society can find a selection of rescued cats at Statesboro’s Petco.

All animals adopted from the Humane Society will be spayed and neutered as a policy.

The Humane Society is non-profit and funded through donations.

Information about donating, volunteering, or adopting a pet from the Humane Society can be found on their website.