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The Bend Spay+Neuter Project has been awarded a $3,500 grant to support its cat program.

The Bend Spay+Neuter Project announced last week that it has been awarded a $3,500 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its Community Cat program, which provides free spay/neuter and vaccinations for outdoor cats in Central Oregon.

Bend Spay+Neuter Project is a nonprofit organization which provides affordable, preventative veterinary care to cats and dogs at risk of suffering in Central Oregon. Since 2005, Bend Spay+Neuter Project has provided affordable and free spay/neuter surgeries for more than 50,000 pets and community cats, helping to ensure that every cat and dog in Central Oregon has a loving home.

The Petco Foundation investment will help to cover the costs to provide free spay/neuter and vaccinations for outdoor cats, helping to curb the population and ensure that the cats are healthy and well cared for by local caretakers.

"We are so thankful for this funding which will enable us to continue to provide this important service to our community at no cost to caretakers. Most of these people feed and care for outdoor cats out of the kindness of their hearts, and we want to do everything we can to help them," said Megan Gram, executive director of Bend Spay+Neuter Project.

For more information, visit bendsnip.org or www.petcofoundation.org.

The Bend Spay+Neuter Project provides affordable, preventative veterinary care to cats and dogs at risk of suffering in Central Oregon, with a mission of keeping pets and people together. Services include spay and neuter for dogs and cats; a trap, neuter, release program for community cats, wellness clinics for basic care and immunizations, the HOPE Pet Food Bank and the Warm Springs free program for dogs.

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