What We Do (and Don't)
Spay Our Strays Inc. holds monthly spay/neuter clinics. With our instruction, caregivers trap their colony’s cats and bring them to the clinic site. The health of each cat is evaluated by our veterinarians, the cat is anesthetized, spayed or neutered, given basic vaccinations and a rabies inoculation, given a flea and worm treatment, the ears are cleaned, and one ear is “tipped” (a small piece of the ear tip is removed). Ear-tipping is the universal symbol of a community cat that has been evaluated, vaccinated and sterilized. It allows observers to identify the community cat’s status from close up or at a distance and ensures that a sterile cat will not undergo unnecessary repeat trapping and surgery.
Caregivers humanely trap the cats to be neutered/spayed, with assistance if needed. We have humane traps caregivers can borrow through our trap-loan service.
WHEN: Weekday and once-monthly Saturday Clinics.
WHO: Community cats of Lexington, KY and surrounding areas.
Cost of services
Caregivers are strongly requested to contribute a minimum amount to the cost of the clinic. Our veterinarians are doing this as a public service but their expenses are high. Please contribute. It will help us continue to offer this service. We recommend a minimum amount of $20 per cat to help cover the cost of the cat's spay/neuter, medical care while at clinic, and vaccinations provided through SOS Cats.
Donations to Spay Our Strays Inc. are tax-deductible as allowed by law under section 501(c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code.
Ear-Tipping , flea treatment, & vaccinations
Ear-tipping is the universal symbol of a community cat that has been evaluated, vaccinated and sterilized. Ear-tipping allows observers to identify the community cat’s status from close up or at a distance and ensures that a sterile cat will not undergo unnecessary repeat trapping and surgery. All cats served through SOS Cats are ear-tipped upon completion of their spay/neuter.
SOS Cats also provides basic feline vaccinations at the time of spay/neuter. This helps maintain healthy cat colonies and prevents illness. Immunization costs are included in the recommended $20 donation for spay/neuter services.
Returning a cat to its original location is a key component of TNR. The caregiver is expected to pick up the cats at a specified time, give them a 24-48 hour recovery period in a warm inside space, safe from other animals, small children, and the elements, to rest and fully awaken from anesthesia.
Caregivers are encouraged to check on their cats' recovery throughout the night and observe them for overall well-being before releasing them back to their original location the next morning.
We do not relocate cats, kittens, or colonies (see below).
We have a small collection of humane traps we can loan caregivers for trapping their cats the evening before surgery. Trap loans are provided for free, but a loan agreement must be signed. We charge a replacement fee for any traps that are not returned to us.
- Traps must be cleaned before return with bleach cleaner and water.
- Traps must be returned by their return date to avoid replacement fees.
- Replacement trap costs is $80.00.
- Pick-up/Drop-off days are Mondays and Thursdays, 5 -7 pm.
- Call 859-420-4076 for more information on loaning a trap through SOS Cats.
What We Don't Do
There are a few services that SOS Cats cannot provide.
SOS Cats does not and cannot relocate cats, kittens, or cat colonies. Removal of community cats from a site creates a “vacuum effect,” wherein new cats will colonize at the same site due to the availability of food and shelter. Removal is not the answer.
SOS Cats does not provide pet adoption services or adopt out community cats. However, there are several great animal shelters and rescues in the central KY area.
SOS Cats does not accept pet cats as owner surrenders.