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CornellVetCARES Community Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic

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

Thanks to a generous grant from Dr. Hollis Erb and through support by Maddie's Fund®,  Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell will continue to offer free spay/neuter and vaccination for intact outdoor/ free-roaming cats of Cornell employees and students on specific dates through the end of November 2020.

Who: Intact outdoor cats of Cornell employees and students (NOTE: Cornell NetID required to register cats for these clinics)

What: CornellVet Cares Community Cat Spay/Neuter Clinics: Free spay/neuter and vaccinations for INTACT outdoor/free-roaming cats! Exams and surgeries will be performed by Cornell-employed 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 (assigned times), pick up between 3:30pm and 4:00pm.

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

Hoto sign up: Registration will open two weeks prior to each clinic date. Anticipated 2020 CornellVet CARES Community Cat Clinic dates are listed below.  Registration will open by 9am on the dates listed below for each 2020 clinic. 

  • Clinic date: 2/14/20    - Registration now closed.    19 cats spayed/neutered!
  • Clinic date: 3/13/20    - Registration now closed. 
  • Clinic date: 4/17/20    - CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC. 
  • Clinic date: 5/29/20    - CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC. 
  • Clinic date: DATE CHANGED to 6/12/20    - Registration is now closed. 14 cats spayed/neutered!

  • CLINIC DATE ADDED: 7/24/20  - This clinic is full. Email Sarah Nickerson at sn298@cornell.edu to be put on the waitlist and be notified about future clinics.  
  • Clinic date: 8/21/20    - Registration opens on Monday, August 10. NOTE: We have recently updated our clinic protocols to comply with social distancing guidelines and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. See below for udpated FAQS. 
  • Clinic date: 9/18/20    - Registration opens on TUESDAY, September 08. (Monday is a holiday)
  • Clinic date: 10/23/20  - Registration opens on Monday, October 12.
  • Clinic date: 11/20/20  - Registration opens on Monday, November 09.
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. 

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 or another communicable disease, you should stay at home, minimizing contact with other people, until you are well. Please wait to bring your pet in. We are happy to reschedule your cat’s appointment for the September 2020 CVC Community Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic.

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. 

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 (7:45, 8:00, or 8:15). 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?

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

My pet seems like he’s not feeling well. 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!  

*POLICY FOR FAILURE TO ATTEND: After 2 failures to attend, you will no longer be eligible for this spay/neuter service with MSMP at Cornell through our CornellVet CARES Community Cat Clinics.  Non-attendance and cancellations at short notice deprive other patients of essential medical services. 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 with "ATTN: Sarah Nickerson" in the subject line.