Animal Alliance
           of Cape May County

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 Pre-Op Surgery Instructions


FASTENED PROPERLY (or a secure, humane trap). 

ONE CAT PER CARRIER AND/OR TRAP PLEASE!!! This is for the safety of your pet and the safety of our volunteers/workers handling your pets.

                                                                     Humane Trap

Do not give your cat food or water after midnight the night before your appointment!

Your cat should have an empty stomach for surgery. We wait until your cat is awake enough to stand up, but your cat may be asleep when you arrive. Please have a safe place set up where your cat will be able to recover. Surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and the drug may remain in your cat's system for up to 48 hours (2 days). During that time, your cat will be vulnerable, and should be kept in a quiet place with no other animals and no small children.

Incisions are closed with absorbable sutures. There is no need to have the stitches removed.

You will receive complete post surgical instructions on the day of surgery.  We will be happy to answer your questions and help you with your cat's needs.

Drop off between 7:30am and 8:30am.  
Please see below for clinic costs & payment options.

Cumberland County Owners Only - Please remind us at drop off that you would like your 
cats altered among the first if you are going to wait.

Any questions, please call  (609) 465-6388 

What is TNVR?

Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return, commonly referred to as "TNVR," is the only method proven to be humane and effective at controlling feral cat population growth. Using this technique, all the feral cats in a colony are trapped, neutered and then returned to their territory where caretakers provide them with regular food and shelter. Young kittens who can still be socialized, as well as friendly adults, are placed in foster care and eventually adopted out to good homes. 

TNVR has many advantages. It immediately stabilizes the size of the colony by eliminating new litters. The nuisance behavior often associated with feral cats is dramatically reduced, including the yowling and fighting that come with mating activity and the odor of unneutered males spraying to mark their territory. The returned colony also guards its territory, preventing unneutered cats from moving in and beginning the cycle of overpopulation and problem behavior anew. Particularly in urban areas, the cats continue to provide natural rodent control.  

Another significant advantage to TNVR is that, when practiced on a large scale, it lessens the number of kittens and cats flowing into local shelters.  This results in lower euthanasia rates and the increased adoption of cats already in the shelters.  

TNVR is not just the best alternative to managing feral cat populations - it is the only one that works. Doing nothing has resulted in the current overpopulation crisis. Trying to "rescue" the cats and find them all homes is utopian and unattainable given their numbers and the futility of trying to socialize most of them. Trap and remove, the traditional technique exercised by animal control, is simply ineffective. If all the cats are not caught, then the ones left behind breed until the former population level is reached.  Even if all the cats are removed, new unneutered cats tend to move in to take advantage of whatever food source there was, and the cycle starts again. This explains why more and more animal control agencies are willing to try TNVR. 

Finally, TNVR is an idea whose time has come.  It recognizes there is a new balance in our urban and rural landscape, one that includes feral cats. It seeks to manage this new population with enlightened techniques that allow the cats to live out their lives and fulfill their natures, while minimizing any possible negative impact. TNVR is a movement that will continue to grow as more and more caring people see its potential and, in time, it will become the predominant method of feral cat management.

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Why should you spay or neuter your pet?

    It is hard to believe that MILLIONS of cats and dogs are euthanized in animal shelters every year. Thousands of kittens and puppies are born every hour and the fate of most of these adorable animals is tragic. Fortunately, YOU can help eliminate this problem by spaying or neutering your pet. 

AACMC encourages the early spay/neuter of kittens and puppies. It is not only safe for most pets but these youngsters tend to bounce back faster than older cats and dogs! Pyometra is a severe uterine infection that can threaten the life of unspayed female dogs OR cats.

    Female dogs left intact have about a 50% chance of developing mammary cancer. The hormonal fluctuations during "heat" cycles make them susceptible to cancer.  About 40% of this breast cancer is malignant, meaning it will spread to other areas of the body. By spaying dogs before their first heat cycle, the chance of breast cancer decreases significantly. 

    Intact male dogs have their own health problems. Many develop prostate infections that can be very difficult to treat. About 50% of these male dogs form tumors in their testicles.  While few are malignant, the treatment is still castration. Unspayed female cats are also prone to mammary cancer.  About 95% of mammary growths are malignant in cats.

    Intact male cats don't get prostate or testicular disease as frequently as dogs but the production of testosterone by their testicles creates its own problems. The want to fight, establish territory, and roam to find females. This puts them at high risk for developing abscesses from fighting or for contracting serious viral infections. Often they are more likely to spray urine as territory marking.

Spay/neuter is the best and most humane way in dealing with the current animal overpopulation, and AACMC is delighted to be able to offer this service to the community.

  • AACMC holds weekly clinics for altering of cats (Feral, stray, shelter and cats of qualifying owners).  We accept cash, money orders, credit or debit.
  • Free Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) help is ongoing for those who need it - as long as funds are available. Seminars on TNR is offered free of charge for groups of 10 – 15 people.



Spay/Neuter and share this news!

All of AACMC's Clinic surgeries are performed by Dr. Matt Schwert, who has a B.S. in
Animal Science (1996) and a D.V.M. (2000) from Oklahoma State University. 
Dr. Schwert is proficient in high volume spay/neuter and has performed over 25,000 alterings!  Volunteers at the clinic find Dr. Schwert to be not only skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate but he possesses a wonderful sense of humor, too!



Distemper Vaccination: +$15
Pregnant: +$10

Cryptorchid Male (Non-Descended Testicles): +$25
Nail Trim: no charge
Ear Tipping: no charge
FIV/FELV Combo Test: +$35
Flea/Tick Treatment with Advantage or Frontline: +$15
Ear Mite Treatment: +$10
For Cape May County Residents Only: Free Microchip

**Note: Rabies vaccination is mandatory unless caretaker can show proof that vaccination is current.

Payments may be made in the form of cash, credit or debit (3% surcharge for credit & debit).

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