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Sex and the Kitty: To Celebrate Spay/Neuter Month Tree House Offers Discounted Surgeries for Pet Owners and FREE services for Feral Cats in February

January 26, 2011 by Tails Magazine in Chicago with 1 Comment

In recognition of National Spay/Neuter Month, and with the help of Cook County’s Spay/Neuter rebate, Tree House is offering discounted spay/neuter surgeries for pet cats and kittens, dogs and puppies, as well as free services for feral cats, beginning February 1st as part of our annual “Sex and the Kitty” campaign. Each participating household (Cook County residents only) can receive two $40 rebates towards the cost of Spay/Neuter surgeries. Tree House encourages the public to not only spay/neuter their pets but to practice TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return), the only effective and humane way to manage feral cat colonies. With an estimated 700,000 stray and feral cats in Cook County, this must be a priority if we are ever going to reduce these numbers.

Free and discounted services (two per household) include:

·    FREE feral cat packages

·    For individuals receiving public assistance, surgeries for male pet cats are FREE, $13 for female pet cats, $27 for male pet dogs, and $55 for female pet dos (under 50 pounds only)

·    For the general public, surgeries for male pet cats are $10, $35 for female pet cats, $55 for male pet dogs, and $95 for female pet dogs (under 50 pounds only)

A valid Cook County rabies certificate and tag are required in order to receive the $50 rebate. The rabies shot may be given the same day as surgery at an additional cost if needed.

Call 773-227-5535 to schedule an appointment. Prices and services vary depending on your pet’s needs. Services include spay/neuter, vaccinations, parasite treatment, pain medication, micro-chipping, and virus-testing.

There are many benefits to having your pet spayed or neutered. Not only does it reduce the number of unwanted pets, it also can give your pet a longer, healthier life. Spaying or neutering eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer in females, and testicular cancer in males. It also reduces the chance your pet will sneak outside or run away, not only keeping him or her safe, but also preventing the contraction of other diseases. A spayed/neutered pet is also less likely to have temperament or behavioral problems. Most importantly, with millions of cats and dogs being euthanized in shelters every year, getting your pet spayed or neutered will prevent the birth of more homeless kittens and puppies.

Tree House helps promotes the importance of Spay/Neuter all year through an educational outreach program and our Feral Friends TNR Program. For more information on the Sex and the Kitty campaign, please visit TreeHouseAnimals.org.

About Tree House Humane Society

Tree House was founded in 1971 and has since expanded and enhanced our programs and services to become the largest, cageless, no-kill shelter specializing in the rescue of sick, injured, abused and neglected cats in the Chicagoland area. To date we have found homes for more than 15,000 cats. In addition to our focus on the rehabilitation and adoption of stray cats, we offer many other valuable programs and services, including our Low-cost Spay/Neuter Program, Feral Friends TNR Program, Pet Loss Grief Support Group, Humane Investigations Team, Youth Volunteer Program, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Behavior Hotline, Pet Food Pantry, and Education Outreach Program.

Tree House Humane Society         1212 West Carmen     Chicago, IL 60640    p: 773-784-5488

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