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Project Purr's Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Program

Project Purr has provided a spay/neuter veterinary package for feral cats/kittens to all residents of Santa Cruz County, regardless of income. Kitties must be at least 4 months (about 4 pounds).

Greay Tabby Feral Cat wondering around in the woods.
Greay Tabby Feral Cat wondering around in the woods.


This program is available year round to residents of Santa Cruz County regardless of income. It is only for feral/unsocial cats and is free for each cat or kitten. Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter has a low-cost spay/neuter program for domestic cats.

About the Program

  • Must show proof of living within Santa Cruz County (includes all cities)

  • Cats must be brought to clinic in traps

  • Kittens must be 4 months old

  • FVRCP/Rabies vaccines and parasite control are included

  • Cats/kittens are given a mandatory eartip identifying them as fixed

Humane Trap Loan

Free humane trap loan from Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (refundable security deposit is required)

Watsonville Animal Shelter

580 Airport Blvd, Closed Sundays

Santa Cruz Animal Shelter

2200 7th Avenue, closed Mondays

Either location:

Phone: 831- 454-7200

Veterinary Services in Two Locations

Santa Cruz:

Animal Hospital of Soquel

2651 Soquel Avenue (near 7th)

Phone: 831-475-0432

M-F 8am-6pm

Sat. 8am-5

No Surgeries Saturday or Sunday

> Please call BEFORE you trap to ensure surgery space is available. If you fail to trap the cat, please call to reschedule.

> Drop off cats in individual traps Monday-Friday between 7:30am - 8:30am. Cats must arrive before 8:30am! Pick up before 6pm on the same day.


East Lake Animal Clinic

740 East Lake Avenue

Phone: 831-724-6391

Open 7 days a week


Surgeries 7 days a week. No appointment necessary.

Drop off cats in individual traps before 10am (Clinic open 6pm - midnight for emergencies ONLY)

> Pick up male cats before closing on the same day

> Female cats MUST stay overnight (no charge).

Call the day after surgery after 10am to arrange pickup time.

Visit for more information on feral cats.