The Olga and Dorothea Dessin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has again teamed up with the Eastern Pennsylvania Animal Alliance (EPAA) to combat cat over-population.

Dessin will offer 40 feline spay and neuter surgeries for $30 each, through EPAA’s surgical van on Tuesday, May 28 at Dessin Animal Shelter, 138 Miller Dr., Honesdale. The event, titled "Avoid a CATastrophe! 4," is also made possible in part by a grant through the John and Helen Villaume Foundation.

Certificates, for the nonprofit EPAA van, and this community service, MUST BE OBTAINED IN ADVANCE at Dessin Animal Shelter, during business hours, beginning 11 a.m., Saturday, May 4. They are available, first come – first serve, and are limited to two, per household, and to Wayne County residents only. Proper proof of residency is required. For shelter hours, visit

www.DessinShelter.comor call 253-4037.As part of its humane education spay/neuter community program, the society will continue to sell ten low-cost spay/neuter cat vouchers, at $10 each, and 25 low-cost spay/neuter dog vouchers, at $50 each, available, at the shelter, first come- first serve, on the first day of each month.

Dessin vouchers may be redeemed for reduced-cost spay or neuter surgeries at eight local veterinarian offices. For full details on Dessin vouchers and a list of participating veterinarians, visit

www.DessinShelter.comand click on "services."In the United States, it is estimated that nearly 8 million homeless animals enter animal shelters, each year. According to the Humane Society of the United States, feral and stray cats are the most significant source of overpopulation.

"Spaying and neutering helps reduce the number of strays and unwanted animals in our community.  Stray and feral cats get into garbage, damage property, carry disease and can even cause auto accidents. On average, a non-spayed, fertile cat will produce two litters in one year.  In seven years, her offspring can produce 420,000 cats!" says executive director Dara Coslett Granza. Questions about the event should be directed to Dessin Animal Shelter at 253-4037.