Fixin’ to Save Lives with free spay neuter for cats

The Humane Society of the Black Hills (HSBH) is investing $15,000 for cat spay/neuter operations in a two-year effort to reduce the unwanted cat population in Rapid City and the surrounding areas.

VIEW WEBSITE PAGE FOR CRITERIA AND GUIDELINES. THERE IS A PROCESS THAT MUST BE FOLLOWED TO PARTICIPATE.

For the next two years or until funding is depleted, the HSBH will pay for cat spay/neuter operations at a participating veterinarian and in a designated service area. The goal is reduce the number of unwanted cats, foster healthier communities, and reduce unnecessary euthanasia.

Sadly, more than 1,200 unwanted, feral, sick and too young cats were euthanized in 2018. During the same time period, 1,151 cats were adopted.

“The number of unwanted cats that have come through the doors has increased for the past three years and it’s heartbreaking,” Jacque Harvey, HSBH Director, said. “With the participation of West Winds Veterinary Services, we’re hopeful Fixin’ to Save Lives will reduce the number of unwanted cats and lead to healthier communities and a reduced need to euthanize cats.”

There are no income guidelines for this program and participation is open to residents in Rapid City and surrounding areas. Guidelines and service area can be found on the Humane Society of the Black Hills website.