Originally published Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 06:03a.m.

PRESCOTT — Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) is offering free feral fixes on the third Thursday of every month at the YHS Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic.

Feral cats live and thrive outdoors and are typically wary of humans. Consequently, their needs cannot be met with an adoption approach.

In an effort to manage the feral cat population and improve the lives of feral cats, YHS has implemented a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program.

With TNR, cats are spayed or neutered and eartipped (the universal symbol of neutered cats), and then returned to their outdoor home.

According to YHS’ Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic veterinarian, Dr. Katherine Siens, the TNR approach is the best for managing the feral cat population.

“The antiquated approach of extermination as a means to controlling the feral cat population is ineffective,” Siens wrote in a YHS media release.

“Feral cats try harder to reproduce when members of their colonies go missing. However, something must be done. One unspayed female and one unneutered male can produce a population of more than 11 million cats over the span of just nine years.”

The statistic is based on an unspayed female cat having two litters each year at a survival rate of 2.8 kittens per litter.

YHS provides the free spay/neuter surgeries for feral cats as a public service and educational opportunity, Siens wrote.

TNR helps stabilize the feral cat population, improves the lives of feral cats, and improves their relations with the neighborhood because annoying behaviors associated with mating stop, such as howling and spraying. Trap-Neuter-Return is the humane, effective approach for feral cats. Feral cats are also responsible for reducing our community’s rodent population.

To schedule a third Thursday free feral fix at YHS Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic, located at 2989 Centerpointe East in Prescott, call 928-771-0547.

For more information on Trap-Neuter-Return or Yavapai Humane Society see the website www.yavapaihumane.org.

Yavapai Humane Society’s Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic makes use of every space available in its facility to care for the feral cats that received free spay/neuter surgeries as a public service every third Thursday.

Yavapai Humane Society (located at 1625 Sundog Ranch Road, Prescott, Ariz.) has been serving Yavapai County’s citizens and animals since 1972. It operates cat, dog, and horse adoption centers to promote and protect the health, safety, and welfare of companion animals in Yavapai County.

YHS’ clinic offers low-cost spay/neuter services, as well as vaccinations, and microchips.

Yavapai Humane Society supports its mission with a thrift store, located at 1601 Iron Springs Road in Prescott.

YHS seeks volunteer s in a variety of areas, including as cashiers and for help with sorting and cleaning. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and donation drop off hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

For information, call the store, 928-445-5668, or see the website Yavapaihumanesociety.org or at www.facebook.com/YavapaiHumaneSociety.

Information provided by Yavapai Humane Society