Community Cats Campaign

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COLUMBIA, SC– Pawmetto Lifeline will offer FREE spay and neuter surgeries as part of their “Community Cats” campaign to alter free-roaming cats in Richland County. If left unaltered, unowned feral and stray cats produce large quantities of unwanted kittens each spring, flooding local animal shelters and leading to higher euthanasia rates.  By taking a proactive approach and getting the cats fixed now, Pawmetto Lifeline will help lessen the impact of the coming kitten season.

Spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population and is safe for kittens as young as eight to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Spaying a female cat before the first heat cycle can be beneficial, improving the health of the cat by reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.

“Female cats can have as many as three litters a year, and kittens can breed as young as four months old,” says Denise Wilkinson, CEO of Pawmetto Lifeline. “Most people don’t want to see the cats they’re feeding get pregnant over and over again, so our “Community Cats” campaign will serve as a gentle reminder to caretakers of free-roaming cat colonies to catch and sterilize their cats.”

This special free rate is only available to residents of Richland counties that book their appointments. Residents feeding free-roaming cats who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Community Cat” campaign when scheduling their appointment. Appointments are based on availability.  For more information and to schedule an appointment, interested persons should call (803) 465-9100 or

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