Catlink, an all-volunteer division of Rowena Wildlife Clinic, has moved its spay/neuter clinic from The Dalles to the Lyle Activity Center.
The clinic was previously set-up in the basement of a private home which is being sold.
Over 2400 cats went through Catlink's clinic last year, with 204 of those from Lyle and 1146, or 69 percent, were from Klickitat County.
"Locating the clinic in Lyle will really support our efforts in Klickitat County and help us serve as an educational resource for responsible pet ownership," said Catlink Director Carmen Marquez.
The move supports Catlink's mission to serve homeless and feral cats throughout the Columbia River Gorge area by providing spay/neuter and vaccinations for NO CHARGE to caregivers who are providing food and shelter for these cats.
Catlink also loans humane live traps and provides instructions to trap feral cats to bring to clinics.
To schedule cats for spay/neuter clinic, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541 298-8253.
Caregivers must sign an anesthesia release agreement that they do not own the cats. This service is not available for personal pets.
Cats going through the program have their ear "tipped" which involves removing about 1/4 inch of the right ear so they can be easily identified as already spayed/neutered.
Cats must be returned to their caregiver as Catlink's has no shelter, although they will take in kittens as foster home space allows to get them into their adoption program.
Benefits of this program include immediately stopping the birth of new litters. Nuisance behavior of mating cats is eliminated. Cats continue to provide rodent control, which they are much valued for. Ultimately, fewer unwanted cats end up in local shelters, thereby reducing euthanasia rates and allowing a better adoption rate for cats already in shelters.
Catlink also has a barn/shop cat adoption program for people looking for natural rodent control. All cats are spay/neutered and vaccinated and there is no adoption fee for barn cats.