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Mobile spay/neuter cat clinic comes to CRR


   Bend Spay and Neuter Project and the SNIP House in Prineville are bringing back the Feral Cat Coalition Mobile Spay and Neuter Clinic to address the problem of Feral Cats in Crooked River Ranch and the surrounding areas including Jefferson County (Madras) and Northern Deschutes County (Terrebonne/Redmond).
   These services will be offered for a suggested donation of $25 for stray, feral and free-roaming cats. No cat will be turned away if there is a financial difficulty.
   The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO) is a nonprofit trap-neuter-return (TNR) program specifically for feral and stray cats.
   The goal of the program is to reduce overpopulation and suffering for existing feral and homeless cats. While the efforts of low- and no-cost spay and neuter clinics in the area are great, many cats are being missed due to location and accessibility.
   Crooked River Ranch has been chosen as a site in need because the clinics are currently seeing about 15 to 20 percent of cats, from this region, coming through their doors.
   In addition, they will have the Prineville SNIP House's new Mobile Spay and Neuter Clinic available on site to perform spay and neuter services as well as low-cost vaccines and microchips.
   Pet cats and dogs can be altered for $30, vaccines are $15 each and microchips are $10 per pet.
   The event will be held at the Crooked River Ranch Fire station on Sunday, Aug. 27, starting at 8 a.m. Appointments can be made by calling the Bend Spay and Neuter clinic at 617-1010. The clinic is in need of volunteers to staff the event and asks people to call to see how they can help out.
   The clinic is also asking for people's help in rounding up unaltered pets and wild kitties in the area to help make a dent in pet overpopulation. The group's goal is to alter an unprecedented 100 animals in a single day.