Feral and free roaming cats receive free spay, neuter


By Inson Kim….

Pictured (l-r) are Dr. Sloane Robins; Dr. Patty Khluy; Dr. Millie Rosale; Miami-Dade Commissioner Carlos A. Gimenez, and Dr. Sara Pizano, director of Miami-Dade Animal Services.

A total of 97 feral and free roaming cats recently were sterilized by volunteer veterinarians at the Mobley Building in South Miami.

The event, sponsored by Commissioner Carlos A. Gimenez, was organized with the help of Miami-Dade Animal Services and The Cat Network to address the issue of pet overpopulation and reduce the number of stray and abandoned animals at Miami-Dade Animal Services.

In addition to volunteers from Miami-Dade Animal Services and The Cat Network, local private veterinarians and surgical technicians donated their services. Also assisting were students enrolled in the University of Miami’s pre-vet program.

Residents were encouraged to bring in the cats to receive free treatment, as well as vaccination against rabies, de-worming, and ear tipping.

“I want to thank all of the volunteers, especially the veterinarians who spent their day at the event,” said Commissioner Gimenez. “Spaying and neutering are the most effective ways of preventing unwanted litters. I encourage everyone to spay or neuter their pets.”

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