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5116 50th Avenue
Box 1509
Rocky Mountain House, AB
T4T 1B2
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Posted on: May 9, 2019

Cat spay/neuter and microchip program launches in Rocky Mountain House

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The Town of Rocky Mountain House has launched a cat spay/neuter and microchip program, in response to a higher call volume for loose, abandoned and feral cats in town.

Community Peace Officer Kayla Whissell says the pilot program aims to reduce the feral cat population, and encourages responsible pet ownership within Rocky Mountain House.

“We are encountering quite a few residents who don’t realize that cats actually must be registered within the Town of Rocky Mountain House,” said Whissell. “Cat-owners who participate in this program will not be penalized for having an unregistered animal.”

To participate, cat-owners must first register a new cat with the Town of Rocky Mountain House. They will then receive a certificate for a spay/neuter surgery and microchip insertion at a reduced rate from either Clearwater Veterinarian Clinic or Gateway Companion Animal Clinic. Once the cat has been spayed/neutered and microchipped, the Town of Rocky Mountain House will pay for half of the procedure.

The local veterinary clinics are onboard to offering the procedures at the same and lower rate for this program.

To spay and chip a cat will be: $190.00 -Town will pay 50% up to $95.00

To neuter and chip a cat will be: $110.00 -Town will pay 50% up to $55.00

There is currently $4,000 allotted for the program, which will continue on a first-come-first-served basis until the funds are depleted. A maximum of three cats per household will be accepted as per Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw 16/04V.

The Town of Rocky Mountain House is grateful for the support of the Clearwater Veterinarian Clinic and Gateway Companion Animal Clinic., as well as the Rocky Organization for Animal Rescue.

“We want to make sure all cats in Rocky Mountain House are well-looked after. We know that spaying and neutering cats is the number one way to reduce overpopulation and feral animals,” said Whissell. “If a financial barrier has stopped pet-owners from acting before, we really hope this program will ease that burden and make for better outcomes for cats.”

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Community Peace Officers Kayla Whissell, Jordan Ward and Brandon Smailes visiting with some cats at the ROAR shelter. The Cat Spay/Neuter and Microchip program aims to reduce the feral and at-large cat population in town.

Photo Credit: Town of Rocky Mountain House



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