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Mobile spay/neuter van to come to New Mexico State University in January

The Spay and Neuter Awareness Program (SNAP) will bring its mobile spay and neuter clinic to New Mexico State University in January to spay and neuter feral cats on campus and companion animals in the community.

al Cat Management Program (FCaMP) at NMSU will sponsor the clinic's first visit to campus Jan. 5-9, 2004. The clinic, which will be staffed by one veterinarian and two veterinary assistants, will be located in the parking lot west of Skeen Hall.

FCaMP volunteers will gather feral cats on campus to be spayed and neutered at the clinic. Slots not filled by FCaMP will be available for NMSU faculty, staff and students.

The mobile clinic will offer spay and neuter services to the low-income community in the Las Cruces, Hatch and Vado area when it returns Jan. 19-23, 2004.

The cost is $25 to spay or neuter a cat or small dog less than 40 pounds and $40 for dogs weighing more than 40 pounds. The cost includes a rabies vaccination, which is required for any animal spayed or neutered by the clinic if no proof of a current rabies vaccination is shown.

This is the second time SNAP has brought its mobile spay and neuter clinic to the NMSU campus. The first time, 22 feral cats and 80 companion animals were spayed and neutered.

FCaMP is a non-profit organization that works to stabilize the feral cat population at NMSU by conducting a trap-neuter-release program on campus. FCaMP has spayed and neutered 45 feral cats since August 2002. The program has also adopted out one feral kitten and two adult cats that had been companion animals at one time.

For more information or to schedule an appointment during the clinic's first visit to the NMSU campus, contact FCaMP at (505) 527-4529 or fcamp@nmsu.edu. Arrangements for the second visit can be made by calling SNAP at (505) 524-9265.

For more information about FCaMP, visit www.nmsu.edu/~fcamp.