Feral Cat Services
Feral cat clinics are designed to meet the unique needs of "feral" (wild or untamed) cats. Because feral cats have never been domesticated, our regular CatSNIP Clinics cannot accommodate them. Some feral spay/neuter clinics provide spay and neuter services free of charge to feral caretakers; others charge low fees. SCFAW also provides vouchers for low-cost feral services through our veterinary partners.
How can some Feral Clinics be free?
Feral Clinics that are free of charge are run by an all-volunteer staff of veterinarians, technicians, and their assistants. These individuals' actions demonstrate how truly dedicated they are to reducing cat overpopulation in humane ways. The cost of medical supplies for free clinics is covered through grant funding and individual donations. Low-cost feral clinics are partially subsidized to reduce expenses.
Who are SCFAW's Feral Clinic veterinary partners?
The Luke and Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic provides free spay/neuter and vaccination services for feral cat caregivers/trappers living in Worcester County. The clinic is offered once a month at the Tufts University Cummings School in North Grafton, MA. Surgeries are performed by fourth-year veterinary students who are supervised by licensed veterinarian-instructors. SCFAW manages the scheduling of this feral clinic.
What do I need to do?
The fastest way to make an appointment for either the Tufts feral clinic or obtain a SCFAW low-cost feral voucher is by filling out our Veterinary Service Request form. You can also email or phone us at 978-779-8287.
Other organizations run feral clinics. Several are listed below; others may be found through the Massachusetts Animal Coalition. To make an appointment for one of these clinics, please contact the organization directly.
Feral Cat Low-cost Vouchers
SCFAW partners with individual veterinarians to offer low-cost vouchers for the spay, neuter, vaccination, and medical treatment of feral cats. Although the services are not free of charge, they are available at greatly discounted prices, and the vouchers offer some advantages that the free clinics do not. For example:
- Vouchers enable you to set your own appointment, giving you greater flexibility for dropping off and picking up the feral cat.
- The veterinary locations may be closer to you than the free feral clinics, providing greater convenience.
- The feral cat can also receive individual medical treatment if needed for existing health or injury issues at a discounted fee, which the vet will quote to you.
- To request Low-cost Feral Cat Vouchers, please submit our Veterinary Service Request form. You can also email or phone us at 978-779-8287.
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