A limited number of discounted certificates for feline spay and neuter surgeries and vaccinations, through EPAA’s surgical van, are still available at Dessin Animal Shelter, 138 Miller Drive, north of Honesdale.
    “Avoid a CATastrophe!” takes place on Tuesday, April 22, at the shelter.  Dessin teamed up with the nonprofit Eastern Pennsylvania Animal Alliance (EPAA) to combat cat over-population in Wayne County and its neighboring areas.
    Certificates, for the EPAA van, and this community service, MUST BE OBTAINED IN ADVANCE at Dessin Animal Shelter, during business hours, which can be found by visiting www.DessinShelter.com.
   Stray and feral cats will receive spays or neuters, rabies vaccinations and REQUIRED EAR TIPPING for $35.  Certificates for house pets are $60 and include spaying or neutering, a rabies vaccination and distemper shot.  They are available, first come – first serve.
    As part of its humane education spay/neuter community program, Dessin 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.com and click on “services.”
   In the United States, it is estimated that nearly eight 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 Dessin Society executive director Dara Coslett Granza.  Questions about the event should be directed to Dessin Animal Shelter at 570-253-4037.