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CornellVetCARES Community Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic

2021 Clinic Details

This clinic is for intact community cats -- which includes primarily outdoor, free-roaming and feral cats -- as a means of reducing cat overpopulation.

Clinics are limited to 25 cats per clinic and will only be open to clients with a Cornell Net ID (Cornell employees and students). All cats must come in carriers or traps that are labeled with both pet and client information. Registration will open two weeks prior to each clinic date. 

The program was established in late 2018 when retired Cornell professor Dr. Hollis Erb provided Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program (MSMP) at Cornell with funding to serve cats. 2021 clinic dates will open in March, thanks to new funding through the Cornell Feline Health Center. 

*Click here to read more about services and opportunities provided through the CornellVetCARES Community Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic: Cornell Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program helps local cats and community through spay/neuter clinics


Who: Intact community cats -- which includes primarily outdoor, free-roaming and feral cats of Cornell employees and students. NOTE: Cornell Net ID required to register cats for these clinics.

What: Free spay/neuter and vaccinations for INTACT outdoor/free-roaming and feral cats. Exams and surgeries will be performed by Cornell veterinarians and veterinary students under direct supervision.

Where: The new Small Animal Community Practice building on the corner of Caldwell Road and Campus Road.

When: Drop off between 7:45 and 8:15am, pick up between 3:30 and 4:00pm.

Why: To help prevent unwanted litters of kittens, and because we like you.

Hoto sign up: Clients with Net ID can register on this webpage. The registration link appears by clinic date when registration opens for that clinic.

Questions?: If you have questions about these clinics, please email sheltermedicine@cornell.edu


Registration Opens 8am Clinic Date Registration Link
Feb. 22  Mar. 5 This clinic is complete.
Mar. 22 Apr. 2

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Apr. 26 May 7

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May 24 Jun. 4

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Jun. 21 Jul. 2 This clinic is compete. 
Jul. 19 Aug. 6 This clinic is complete.
Aug. 23 Sep. 3 This clinic is complete. 
Sep. 27 Oct. 8 This clinic is complete. 
Oct. 25 Nov. 5

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Cat Clinic FAQS for clients

We have recently updated our clinic protocols to comply with social distancing guidelines and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

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I suspect I may be ill with the virus. Should I still keep my pet’s appointment?

If you suspect you may be sick with COVID-19, you should stay at home, minimizing contact with other people, until you are well. Please wait to bring your cat in. 

What can I do to prepare for my appointment?

Along with the initial registration form, in order to bring your cat(s) in for care, you will need to fill out and submit 2 online surveys: (1) Cat Intake Form; and (2) Client COVID Screening Survey. Links and more detailed instructions will be sent to you after you register and your appointment is confirmed. 

For cats, please bring no bedding or towels in their carriers. If carriers/traps do arrive with any towels/blankets, they will be thrown out and not returned to you per COVID-19 precautions that are in place at Cornell University. 

What should I do when I arrive at the clinic?

Drop-off will take place in the Small Animal Community Practice building vestibule between 7:45am and 8:15am. You will be assigned a drop off time. You will not be able to enter the vestibule. Please form a line with appropriate 6 feet distance between you and other clients for intake. Clients should perform drop off one at a time. Clearly label each carrier/trap with the name of the cat in it. 

Should I wear a mask to the clinic?

Yes. Please wear a mask for both drop-off and pick-up.

My pet seems unwell. Should I reschedule his/her surgery appointment?

We only perform surgeries on pets who are in good health. If your pet seems like he/she is unwell, not eating or drinking normally, sneezing or unusually tired, it’s a good idea to reschedule as there are risks associated with surgery.

Are you able to test my pet for COVID-19?

We are not able to test pets for the coronavirus.

Confirmation and instructions will be sent to your Cornell email after you register.  Limit 4 cats per household!  

If you are unable to bring your cat(s) to your scheduled clinic date, please make every effort to let us know well in advance so that we may offer your spot(s) to someone else when possible. 

Questions?: If you have questions about these clinics, please email sheltermedicine@cornell.edu