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26th March 2019

Cat owners living in the Saffron Walden area of Essex are being urged to ‘Snip and Chip’ their cats with help from Cat’s Protection’s Haverhill & District Branch.

Pregnant black and white catThe charity has teamed up with Mercer & Hughes Veterinary Surgeons to offer the procedures free of charge.

With only a limited supply of free Snip and Chip vouchers to give away, Cats Protection is encouraging cat owners to get in touch as soon as possible.

Maria Connolly, Branch Coordinator, said, “We are thrilled to be teaming up with Mercer & Hughes Veterinary Surgeons as without their help, we wouldn’t be able to help as many cats.

“We only have a limited number of vouchers and these will be issued on a first come first served basis.

“Microchipping is the most effective way to identify a lost pet and increase the likelihood of a happy reunion if a cat goes wandering. If the worst does happen then the owner can be informed.

“The procedure itself is simple and doesn't cause any harm. Once the chip is inserted, your cat won't even be aware it is there.

“Neutering also has many benefits to protect a pet cat’s health by making them less likely to roam, to spray and to fight, and reducing the possibility of contracting life-threatening diseases that can be transmitted by bites and saliva.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about the campaign should email or call 01440 535131.

More information about Cats Protection’s Haverhill & District Branch can be found here:

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Notes to editors:

  1. Cats Protection has a national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 36 centres that help around 200,000 cats and kittens each year.
  2. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). The charity’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
  3. Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity.
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