Fixin’ to Save Lives

Fixin’ to Save Lives is a cat spay/neuter program to help our community manage its unwanted cat population.

TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM YOU MUST MEET CRITERIA AND FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES BELOW. YOU MUST VISIT THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE BLACK HILLS TO GET PROPER VOUCHER AND INFORMATION TO BE CONSIDERED FOR PARTICIPATION.

For the next two years or until funding is depleted, the HSBH will pay the cost of animal owners’ cat spay/neuter operations at a participating veterinarian and in our service area. The goal is reduce the number of unwanted cats which is increasing each year.

Fixin’ to Save Lives participants can spay or neuter up to two cats at no charge at a participating veterinarian.

The program will address two primary drivers of cat overpopulation:

  • Indoor/Outdoor cats that are not spayed or neutered; and,
  • Stray/feral cats.

The Humane Society of the Black Hills has committed $15,000 to administer this program through the first two years or until funding is depleted. Program participants are asked to donate $20 per cat to help replenish the Fixin’ to Save Lives fund and support the program into the future. A donation is not required to participate in this program, however.

There are no income guidelines for this program other than to live in the designated area and visit a participating veterinarian for the spay/neuter surgery; participation is open to residents of Rapid City and surrounding areas (see service area map).

Three vouchers will be available each week.

House Cat Program Guidelines:

  • Fixin’ to Save Lives is a free service until funds are depleted.
  • The HSBH does suggest a $20 donation per outdoor/indoor house cat or TNR colony cat to help maintain the Fixin’ to Save Lives fund.
  • House cats to be spayed or neutered must be licensed and have current vaccination records. These records must be presented when getting voucher.
  • 2 house cat limit per participant.

How to get started:

  1. Obtain a Fixin’ to Save Lives voucher at the Humane Society of the Black Hills, 1820 E. St. Patrick Street. This voucher must be filled out and signed by an HSBH employee before being presented to a participating veterinarian.
  2. House cats must have current vaccination certificate to be eligible for a voucher and free spay/neuter under this program.
  3. Original vouchers MUST be given to participating veterinarians prior to surgery.
  4. Contact a participating veterinarian to schedule the surgeries – the Humane Society of the Black Hills will give you the name of participating veterinarians.
  5. When you schedule your appointment, you must tell the veterinarian your are scheduling cats to be spayed or neutered as part of the Fixin’ to Save Lives program.

Trap/Neuter/Return Program Guidelines:

TNR sites must pre-qualify for Fixin’ to Save Lives funding. Site visits by Animal Services & Enforcement are required. Unhealthy, diseased, and severely disabled cats brought in as part of the Fixin’ to Save Lives program will not be spayed or neutered as returning them to the community would pose an unnecessary health risk. Cats determined to be a risk to neighborhood health will be euthanized.

TNR participants in this program must be in Pennington County.

The Humane Society of the Black Hills will provide Fixin’ to Save Lives vouchers to cats in a TNR program without a rabies certificate. HOWEVER, participating veterinarians may require rabies vaccinations prior to surgery. Discuss this with the participating veterinarian.