The Paws of Chico Spay & Neuter Program has been serving the Chico area Since Sept. 2005



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We have assisted pet owners with spaying and neutering over
5,300 cats & dogs.

Cat Spay & Neuter

One unspayed female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 kittens in 7 years. Only half of the kittens and cats in shelters will be adopted. Millions of healthy adoptable cats are euthanized each year in the U.S. simply because there are not enough homes for all of them.

Cats & Kittens

Spaying and neutering prevents the death of thousands of cats. Strays and ferals usually live short, miserable lives. They are a potential source of rabies and other diseases. Our cat overpopulation places an enormous financial burden on tax payers and local shelters. Feral cat information found here.

Spaying (procedure for female) can be done as early as 8-10 weeks old , but will vary depending on individual cats and clinic preferences. A female cat can become pregnant at 5-6 months.

Spay Benefits

• Reduces the number of unwanted kittens/cats
• Eliminates risk of ovarian and uterine cancer; decreases risk of mammary gland tumors
• Eliminates risk of pyometra (uterine infection) which can be fatal; recommended treatment is spaying
• Helps cats live longer, healthier lives

Neutering (procedure for male) can be done as early as 10 weeks, but will vary due to individual cats and clinic preferences.

Neuter Benefits

• Reduces the number of unwanted kittens/cats
• Eliminates or reduces risk of spraying and marking
• Eliminates testicular cancer; decreases chance of prostrate disease
• Less desire to roam and fight, reducing injury and transmission of FIV (feline aids) acquired through bite wounds
• Helps cats live longer, healthier lives.

Paws of Chico Spay & Neuter Program helps pet owners who live in Chico. You must have a Chico address. If you need financial assistance, you can download an application. You may also call 895-2109 to request one. Applications can be picked up at the City of Chico Animal Shelter located at 2579 Fair Street.

A Paws volunteer will call you to review your application and determine how much you can contribute towards the spay or neuter procedure. A voucher will be sent to you providing all information needed to make your appointment with one of our participating veterinarians.

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