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Project Catnip

Too Many Companion Animal Friends, Not Enough Homes!

Pets that are not spayed or neutered can add to the severe pet overpopulation problem when they are allowed to breed. Finger Lakes SPCA wants to help put an end to pet overpopulation.

PROJECT CATNIP (spay/neuter assistance for cats)

Catnip is a public service program that helps to reduce feline overpopulation in our area by preventing births, thus reducing the number of unwanted and uncared for cats in our area. People of our community benefit from this program as well because these surgical procedures eliminate many health issues as well as unwanted behaviors association with reproduction. Furthermore, spaying/neutering is humane and saves our community dollars. It is far more costly to round up, care for and euthanize the offspring of these animals. The Finger Lakes SPCA works hard to help our animal friends in need and knows Spay and Neuter Programs are essential to the humane elimination of this tragic and costly problem.

Low income and multi-cat households (or multi-cat caretakers) can participate in “Catnip”

Cats must be four months old (approximately four pounds) & healthy to participate Cat returns home on the same day as the surgery.

  • Males (neuter w/ “free” rabies shot) – $50.00
  • Females (spay w/ “free” rabies shot) – $70.00

In special situations, whereby even the above sterilization fees are considered a hardship, the surgery may be made available at a further reduced rate or even “free” (for qualifying families) – thanks to the kindness of a donor.

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Catnip Calendar: 2021 Program Details & Dates:

*Tentative Dates, subject to change

January 12th and 26th
February 9th and 23rd
March 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th
April 13th, 20th and 27th
May 11th, 18th and 25th
June 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th
July 13th, 20th and 27th
August 3rd, 24th and 31st
September 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th
October 5, 19 and 26
November 2, 9 and 16
December 7 and 14


Anyone interested in general spay/neuter information or having his or her cat spayed/neutered through this program should call the Shelter (776-3039) and ask about Project Catnip.

“Number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year: 6-8 million

Number of cats and dogs euthanized by shelters each year: 3-4 million … [more]”

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