There's finally a local no-kill location where people can take cats to have them neutered or spayed
Beckoning Cat Project, a non-profit organization, opened its doors in January at 1417 E. Third St., Williamsport.
Kerry Perry, executive director, said the service can help prevent the over-population of feral and stray cats.
Meghan Welch tends to a pet cat Thursday at Beckoning Cat Project, a non-profit group operating a spaying and neutering clinic and no-kill shelter service. The clinic is at 1417 E. Third St. and began operating in January.
Having cats spayed or neutered is an alternative to euthanizations.
"We were looking around for a no-kill place for cats," she said.
In addition, spaying can help stop female cats from crying, pacing and rubbing while in heat. Neutering can help eliminate the male cats' need to roam, reducing the risk of injury and illness.
Overall, cats spayed or neutered get along better and face fewer overall health issues.
Beckoning Cat Project also offers a service for trapping stray and feral cats.
For a time, Beckoning Cat Project operated a day clinic for people to bring cats to be spayed or neutered. But it only operated at different locations several times a year.
Since finding a permanent location and operating five days a week, Beckoning Cat Project has been busy.
"I have people coming from Shamokin, Renovo and Dushore," Perry said.
Other services for cats include rabies and distemper vaccines and flea treatments.
All cats are accepted, Perry said.
A gift shop also operates out of the site.
Appointments are recommended, but not necessary.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.
More information is at www.beckoningcatproject.org and 570-4592.
There's also a Facebook site.