As highlighted by the CBC, the National Post and BC SPCA, the City of Surrey alone is estimated to have over 20,000 stray, community and feral cats. This estimate triples as the area expands to include the entire Fraser Valley.
The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies recognizes that Canada is currently in a cat overpopulation crisis and notes that one of the best ways to manage this crisis is by spaying or neutering companion pets.
Canadian Animal Rescue and Extended Shelter Society (C.A.R.E.S. Cat Shelter) in Langley, B.C. has received a grant of more than $20,000 from PetSmart Charities of Canada to do just that. The grant will help to provide approximately 240 low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for owned cats located in the Fraser Valley.
**UPDATE APRIL 10, 2017**
We have currently filled all our available spots for our Spay & Neuter program. However, we are still accepting applications for our waitlist.
What is the Spay & Neuter Program?
In partnership with PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, C.A.R.E.S. Cat shelter will be offering 240 free spay and neuter procedures to the Fraser Valley in 2017. 20 spay and neuter procedures will be approved on a monthly basis.
Am I eligible?
You are eligible if you:
- Live in Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford or Mission (i.e. have a mailing address in these locations).
- Have a carrier to bring your cat to/from Willowbrook Animal Hospital for the appointment.
- Have transportation to/from Willowbrook Animal Hospital for the appointment.
- Are able to provide valid ID as part of the application and at the appointment.
- Are able to access a printer to print out the provided voucher to present to Willowbrook Animal Hospital during the appointment.
How do I apply?
Please submit an online application on our Spay & Neuter Program Application Form – Click Here .
Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
What happens after I submit my online application and send in a copy of my ID?
Once your application is complete (online application submitted and copy of ID sent to specified email), our volunteers will reach out to you to set up a time for an appointment (usually within 48 hours). After the phone call, they will email you a password protected voucher for you to print out and present to Willowbrook Animal Hospital during your appointment.
What do I need to bring to my spay and neuter appointment?
- ID matching the name on the voucher
- Printed voucher sent to you by email
- Cat(s) in a carrier
Who is doing the spay & neuter procedure?
We are partnering with Willowbrook Animal Hospital and Dr. Bath to perform the procedures. Willowbrook Animal Hospital is also providing free tattoos under the program for interested applicants.
Willowbrook Animal Hospital
#111 – 6375 – 202nd St.
Langley, BC V2Y 1N1
What if I have questions?
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to send us an email. Due to the large number of applicants, we will not be answering calls through our shelter phone line. We will only be responding to questions through email.