While the Brevard Humane Society has made great strides in controlling cat overpopulation through aggressive spay/neuter programs, the number of unwanted cats remains a challenge throughout the area. In response, the Brevard Humane Society would like to remind residents they have partnered with Florida Animal Friend, Inc. to offer free sterilization of community cats. For a limited time, feral, stray, as well as owned outdoor cats, may qualify for free surgeries at the Humane Society’s Low Cost Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic located at 1020 Cox Road in Cocoa.
“Spaying and neutering is the only proven method for reducing populations of stray, feral, and community cats,” said Brevard Humane Society’s Executive Director, Theresa Clifton. “The ability to offer it to the community now for free will not only broaden our reach, but make a more significant impact. We are so grateful to Florida Animal Friend for making this important work possible.”
The remaining funds will enable the Brevard Humane Society to spay or neuter approximately 495 cats free of charge for pet owners who meet the income eligibility requirements: pet owners currently receiving government assistance through programs such as Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). To qualify, a card or letter showing proof of eligibility must be issued in the pet owner’s name and presented at the time of surgery. Spay and neuter surgeries are by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling 321.636.3343 ext. 206. While there is no limit to the number of pets that may be eligible, surgeries are on a first-come, first-serve basis until all funds have been exhausted.
Florida Animal Friend grants are awarded to programs that increase cat and dog sterilizations above the existing baseline. The grant program is funded through the sale of specialty license plates available through the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles. The purchase of a Florida Animal Friend License plate helps fund free and low-cost spay and neuter programs across the state and are available for sale at: https://floridaanimalfriend.org/purchase-a-plate/.