Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project, a non-profit veterinary clinic in Lynnwood, just completed its 125,000th surgery. The clinic has been operating since 1997, and provides free or low-cost neutering services.
The lucky feline was a feral community cat named “Milo,” who was brought to the clinic by his caretaker Mary. As a feral cat, Milo does not live indoors, nor would he want to, the clinic said. Rather, he is cared for by Mary and the others in her Everett neighborhood. Milo was also given his rabies vaccination, parasite treatment and an ear tip (the removal of the very tip of his left ear), to identify his newly neutered status to anyone who sees him outside.
Milo was graced with a crown (removed immediately after his photo was taken) and Mary was given a certificate on his behalf, recognizing him as the official 125,000th cat.
“This is an amazing milestone for our organization,” says Executive Director Amy Ferguson. “We started out as once a month MASH clinics in 1997, and now we are here doing 40-50 cats, four days a week.”
The clinic has been serving the Puget Sound area and beyond from their Lynnwood clinic since moving there in 2007. Providers see both owned and feral cats like Milo, as well as offer surgeries to local shelters and rescues.
“Our goal is for this care to be affordable for everyone,” says Ferguson. “We want to save lives by preventing needless euthanasia from the overcrowding of shelters, and spay and neuter is simply the best way to do that.”
The organization has not raised their prices since their inception; feral cats are always free, and companion cats are $15 or $25, depending on sex.
As a non-profit, FCS/NP is able to subsidize their operation costs with donations and grants. Learn more at feralcatproject.org