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The Napa Humane and Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch will be offering free spade and neutering for cats during February.

J.L. Sousa/Register file photo

Napa Humane has joined forces with Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch (JARR) to provide free spay/neuter surgeries for approximately 200 cats this February, to reduce the number of unwanted litters born this spring.

JARR pledged $10,000 to help low-income families by underwriting cat sterilization surgeries at Napa Humane’s low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic.

Just one un-altered female cat and her mate can produce 11,801 kittens within five years, due to frequent breeding cycles that can start as early as five months of age. During “kitten season,” animal shelters and rescue groups are inundated with far more animals than there are potential new homes.

The full cost to perform feline spay/neuter surgery (including all care and basic vaccinations) is slightly over $100 per cat. Donations Napa Humane receives from private individuals and organizations typically cover 60 percent of those expenses, enabling the clinic to offer the service to the Napa County Animal Shelter, area animal rescue groups, and the public at reduced rates. With JARR’s contribution, the clinic will be able to offer completely free spay/neuter surgeries for approximately 200 local cats.

People with cats who wish to take advantage of the free surgeries must call Napa Humane’s Clinic to schedule an appointment during the month of February, and mention Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch. The number is 707-252-7442.

For information about Napa Humane, visit www.napahumane.org. For information about Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch, visit www.jamesonanimalrescueranch.org.

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