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 Vaccinate and Return (TNVR) help is ongoing for Cape May County residents who need it - as long as funds are available. Seminars on TNVR is offered free of charge for groups of 10 – 15 people.

About the Vet

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!


What is FVRCP (Distemper Vaccine) and When to Vaccinate

The FVRCP vaccination is an important part of your cat's routine. It prevents three potentially deadly airborne viruses: rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia. 

Rhinotracheitis is triggered by the common feline herpes virus. Symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose and drooling. Your cat's eyes may become crusted with mucous, and he or she may sleep much more and eat much less than normal. If left untreated this disease causes dehydration, starvation, and eventually, death.

Calicivirus has similar symptoms, affecting the respiratory system and also causing ulcers in the mouth. It can result in pneumonia if left untreated—kittens and senior cats are especially vulnerable.

Panleukopenia is also known as distemper and is easily spread from one cat to another. Distemper is so common that nearly all cats—regardless of breed or living conditions—will be exposed to it in their lifetime. It’s especially common in kittens who have not yet been vaccinated against it, and symptoms include fever, vomiting and bloody diarrhea. This disease progresses rapidly and requires immediate medical attention. Without intervention, a cat can die within 12 hours of contracting the disease.

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Distemper in cats is caused by a deadly virus that lives on contaminated surfaces. Keeping your home clean and getting your cat vaccinated helps prevent infection. 

Pre-Op surgery instructions


Please locate the Surgical Card and Consent Forms below. Print these forms, fill them out, and bring them with you on the day of your appointment.

Cat Carrier or Trap

It is MANDATORY that your cat arrives in a hard plastic carrier or humane trap fastened properly and securely. ONE CAT PER CARRIER OR TRAP PLEASE! This is for the safety of your pet and the safety of our volunteers/workers handling your pet. Please line your cat's carrier with newspaper only.

NO Food or Water Before Surgery

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. 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 post surgical instructions on the day of surgery.

Drop Off

Drop off between 7:15am and 8:15am. Please see below for clinic costs and payment options.

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


Surgical Card (pdf)


Consent Form (pdf)



Appointment Request Form

Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic


Clinics are ONLY held on Thursdays.

Please schedule your appointment accordingly.