The Humane Society of Tampa Bay Animal Health Center, located at 3809 N Armenia Ave, is offering free cat sterilizations and vaccinations for indoor/outdoor cats living in the 33610 zip code area, thanks to a $190,000 grant from PetSmart Charities®. Residents living in 33610 can call 813-870-3304 to make an appointment for a free sterilization for their cat(s). The offer is effective immediately and will remain available through September 2014 or until the funds are used.

The grant is available for owned outside cats and aims to assist with the Society’s Trap/Neuter/Vaccinate/Return program for community (feral) cats where free-roaming cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and then returned to their colony to live out their lives disease-free and without reproducing. Volunteer caregivers feed the colonies daily and monitor the health and well-being of the cats in their care. The cats pose no threat to the community and their populations decrease as they cease to reproduce.

TNVR efforts in Hillsborough County have been highly successful, helping to reduce the cat euthanasia rate in the county by 46% since 2007,” said Sherry Silk, executive director of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.“This incredibly generous grant will allow us to care for even more cats and ensure that fewer animals are born unwanted to a life of hardship and probable euthanasia.”

In 2011, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay performed 3,095 spay/neuter surgeries for owned cats in Hillsborough County and 5,551 spay/neuter surgeries for community cats. With the increased resources and capacity at the new Animal Health Center, and the continued support of partners such as PetSmart Charities®, the Society is on target to surpass those number significantly in 2012.