In 2015, DCHS launched an exciting new program to begin tackling the problem of cat overpopulation in Door County. Along with the generous help of our partner vets in the county, we began a series of low-cost spay/neuter clinics for friendly outdoor cats. Each year, DCHS takes in hundreds of stray cats from the towns, barns, and countryside of Door County, the vast majority of which are not neutered or spayed. This program provides a way for the community to help address this problem with DCHS, while providing the next level of care for cats that typically reproduce multiple times per year and that often have not been rabies vaccinated.
Each veterinarian donates their staff and surgical suite while DCHS handles personnel, paperwork, and appointments. The clinics are designed for maximum efficiency and differ from the comprehensive services a veterinarian would provide their private clients.
DCHS held two clinics in the first year of the program, one in Sturgeon Bay and one in Sister Bay.
Clients receive the following services:
- Blood test for FIV and Feline Leukemia (FeLV)
- Rabies vaccination
- Spay or neuter
- Ear tipping (the very tip of the cat’s left ear is removed, which is the universal sign that the outdoor cat has been neutered or spayed)
The cost per cat in the first year was $65; DCHS expects future clinics to be offered for a similar price.