Summer vacations are a family tradition. This June, you can take all your cats and kittens on a “SPAYcation.”

The Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland is offering the entire metro region free spay or neuter surgeries for cats and kittens this June. Caretakers of stray or feral cats can take advantage of this offer as well.

Qualified cat owners are eligible for free surgeries June 17 through June 21. Kittens need to be at least eight weeks old and weigh 2.5 pounds.

Surgeries are performed by licensed veterinarians, and costs are subsidized through charitable donations. More than 500 spay/neuter surgery spots will be available during the week as part of this campaign.

“As the days get longer, the cats start to reproduce at a much higher rate. Two cats can become 100 cats in a matter of months,” said Dr. Kris Otteman, Oregon Humane Society director of shelter medicine. “With 17,000 cats entering our area shelters annually, we need to focus on finding good homes for them, without a flood of kittens adding to the overpopulation.”

This feline overpopulation is exactly what shelters are working to reduce through the Spay & Save program and special offers like SPAYcation.

Qualified cat owners must live in Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington or Clark Counties and receive government assistance, such as Medicaid, food stamps, Supplemental Security Income, Section 8/Public housing, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Women, Infants and Children, Oregon Health Plan or Subsidized Lunch Program funding.

For more information or to schedule a surgery, call 1-800-345-SPAY for a cat you own; or 503-797-2606 for feral cats.