In a bid to keep the number of stray cats to a minimum, the Gosport Cats Protection (CP) is aiming to help owners get their pets neutered.
Throughout the month of October the voluntary service will offer residents who have young cats the opportunity to take part in its £10 neutering campaign.
Despite already having run a similar campaign in July, the Gosport CP has still seen an overwhelming number of pregnant cats and kittens needing their care.
The charity won a £5,000 grant from Aviva Community Fund which has allowed it to offer this discounted price to cat owners.
The scheme is open to residents who live within the post codes PO12, PO13 and PO14, and who receive state benefits or are on a low income. However, one of Gosport CP’s cat fosters Kate Statleford said that even though this offer is aimed at those who cannot afford the cost of the simple procedure – which ranges from £55 to £75 – if people are unsure they qualify they should contact the charity.
She said: ‘What we want is to stop the number of stray cats on our streets.
‘It doesn’t matter if you are a student, pensioner or on a low income, we just want to help people get this simple procedure done for their pet.
‘This year has been a really tough time in keeping track of stray, unneutered and unmicrochipped cats.
‘This is why we have put forward this month-long campaign.’
Even though the charity is focusing on neutering cats, they are also urging owners to get their pets microchipped.
Kate said that the main reason for cats going missing is that owners still don’t have these tiny tracking devices put on their pets.
‘Our aim is for people to get their cats neutered and microchipped as the number of strays we are seeing is sad and disappointing for a nation of cat lovers,’ she added.
The £10 offer is valid at participating vets in Gosport and Stubbington.
To take part in the campaign and book your appointment call 02392 582 601.