Windsor/Essex County Humane Society running free spay/neuter cat clinic for Sandwich residents

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Residents of Sandwich in the city's west end now have the opportunity to spay or neuter a community cat free of charge. 

The Windsor/Essex County Humane Society is running the program and defines 'community cats' as cats who live primarily outdoors and are cared for by one or more people who feed them and who may provide some form of shelter.

Melanie Coulter, Executive Director, Windsor/Essex County Humane Society says west Windsor has historically been noted for having more free roaming cats.

"It's been a challenge for residents and this program will help to get those cats spayed and neutered, which over time definitely helps to reduce the population."

She says they will help book appointments and even help provide traps.

"We can even help with transportation if that's a challenge for someone and that's a barrier to getting these cats in to get spayed or neutered. We're happy to talk to them about helping them with transportation as well. This is an amazing opportunity if people have any free roaming cats in their area, we really encourage them to give us a call, because this is a limited time grant, so it's only available until early next year."

The program is made possible through a $10,000 grant from the Gordie Howe International Bridge Community Benefits Plan.

Coulter says the Humane Society applied for the grant following the advice from Ward 2 councillor Fabio Costante.

"We're fortunate that it was approved and we're looking forward to helping lots of residents. We've had some come through already. We actually have I believe ten of them from one area here at the spay/neuter clinic today. So it's a great opportunity for Sandwich residents to get their cats spayed or neutered if they're free roaming or if they're feeding community cats."

To qualify, residents should live within the region bordered by the Detroit River, Huron Church Road, Ojibway Parkway, and EC Row. 

All of the cats who are spayed or neutered under this program will be ear tipped (to easily identify them as altered), vaccinated, and microchipped. 

To apply and fill out an application click here: windsorhumane.org/sandwich.

-With files from AM800's Rob Hindi