On National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, August 22, let’s work together to spread awareness about all the ways veterinarians save cats’ lives.

Take Your Cat to the Vet Day focuses on the importance of bringing indoor cats for regular check-ups to ensure they are as healthy as possible. Alley Cat Allies works to protect and improve the lives of ALL cats, so we’re encouraging you to expand this important day’s reach.

Veterinary professionals not only care for the cats who live as our companions indoors, they’re also the key to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), the humane and effective approach to outdoor cat populations. They put the “N” in TNR!

Let’s use this time to educate our veterinarians, friends, neighbors, and other community members about the importance of spaying and neutering indoor and outdoor cats. By making sure all cats are spayed or neutered and vaccinated as quickly as possible, we improve their health and benefit our communities.

Cats can get pregnant as young as 4 months old, and intact female cats have seven times the risk of developing breast cancer as spayed ones. Plus, when cats are spayed or neutered, the stresses of mating and pregnancy are no more!

On August 22, share Alley Cat Allies’ information on spay and neuter, encourage your local veterinarian and shelter to host a low-cost spay and neuter clinic, and educate your community about the importance of early-age spay and neuter. If they don’t already, also encourage your veterinary clinics to neuter cats as part of a TNR program.