The Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society and the Dumb Friends League partner to provide subsidized spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations for cats owned by people living in underserved parts of the metro Denver area through the Meow Mobile. This first joint effort of its kind in Colorado will prevent thousands of unwanted litters from being born.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Meow Mobile?
The Meow Mobile is a mobile spay and neuter clinic for cats. It is a fully equipped surgery center on wheels, ready to provide the safest possible sterilization procedures for cats and kittens. As of November 2010 12,500 surgeries have been performed.
When and where does the Meow Mobile go?
The Meow Mobile travels to underserved communities in the metro Denver each month holding six clinics a week. Targeted neighborhoods (where the feral cat problem is significant) include: Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson. Due to issues of transportation and expense, most cats in these areas continue to reproduce, creating a significant stray and unwanted population. The Meow Mobile works with community centers, business’ and others in these neighborhoods to provide information on when and where the Meow Mobile will be operating.
How much does surgery cost?
The fee to animal owners for the spay or neuter surgery is only $25, thanks to the generous support of our donors and partners. This fee includes appropriate vaccinations.
Owners of cats or kittens (over 8 weeks old) residing in the Meow Mobile service areas may use this service.
Who performs the surgeries?
Licensed veterinarians who are members of the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society donate their time, along with Dumb Friends League staff veterinarians, veterinary technicians and assistants. More than 30 veterinarians volunteer their time.
How does it the program work?
The Meow Mobile operates on a first come, first served basis. People arrive in the morning between 7:00 and 8:00 AM with their cats/kittens for surgery. The animals are picked up that same afternoon. The Meow Mobile can accommodate up to 40 cats and kittens in one day.
Why is it important to spay or neuter my cat?
Spayed and neutered cats live longer, healthier lives. Male cats don’t roam or fight with other cats. Female cats can’t produce unwanted litters. At least 125,000 homeless cats are currently living on the streets and in the alleys of the metro Denver area. According to the Humane Society of the United States, two breeding cats and their offspring can produce over 420,000 cats in 7 years.
What are the other benefits of the Meow Mobile?
The Meow Mobile will not only introduce pet sterilization into underserved communities, but will also promote veterinary care of pets by introducing pet owners to private practice veterinarians to improve the health of companion animals.
Interested cat and kitten owners may call (303) 751-5772, Ext. 7272, or visit www.ddfl.org for more information.
To volunteer for the Meow Mobile, please complete the application found here and return to the DAVMS office or email Tracy Koss, Operations Outreach manager for the Dumb Friends League at firstname.lastname@example.org.