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Nutmeg Spay/Neuter Clinic (FeralCare)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Nutmeg provides low-cost spay/neuter services for cats & dogs throughout Connecticut and beyond. Our mission is to end pet overpopulation. It is our dedication and desire to help end the needless practice of euthanasia at animal-facilities and private shelters. It is our vision that this clinic will help bring awareness to the community while decreasing unwanted litters being born. In 2017, our clinic became the first and only Connecticut non-profit to join the Humane Society of the United States “Pets for Life” program, an initiative acting as a bridge to services people want and need for their pets and be the catalyst for comprehensive veterinary care, supplies and information for underserved communities. Government program such as social security, housing vouchers, foods stamps, etc. currently exist to provide a variety of assistance to people. In that same spirit, recognizing the emotional, mental, and physical benefits a pet brings, PFL is working towards pet services as being part of a more robust system of support.

Results: Nutmeg Spay/Neuter clinic has spay/neutered more than 30,000 dogs and cats since we first opened our doors in 2012. In 2017, Nutmeg Spay/Neuter clinic implemented the “Pets for Life” HSUS program, providing free spay/neuter services, wellness care, pet supplies, and transportation, exclusively serving the 06608 zip code of Bridgeport, Connecticut. More than 21% of the population in Bridgeport are below the poverty level, and within the 06608 zip code of Bridgeport, exceeding that number with nearly 35% of the residents are below the poverty level. Under the Pets for Life Program alone, we have had the honor of serving more than 1,000 individual pets, providing more than 500 spay/neuter surgeries, and given more than 2,000 individual medications, services, and other supplies at no cost.

Target demographics: animals and the families that love them

Geographic areas served: Stratford, Connecticut

Programs: Nutmeg Clinic has a long-term strategic plan which includes a combination of population control by offering low and no-cost spay/neuters for both owned and free-roaming animals, but then supplementing with preventative programming through Pets for Life to keep adopted pets in their home long term.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Donna W.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I brought my puppy two of her siblings and the father to Nutmeg to be Fixed. The made it so easy from beginning to end. The staff was great and very friendly and informative. Definitely would recommend to anyone that wanted your animal well taken care of to go here!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had my dog spayed and the whole staff was so nice I was worried about leaving Bella but they calmed me down! I am spreading the word about you guys thanks again for a great and calming experience!

2 Mary N.4

Client Served

Rating: 4

We have been blessed with adopting 3 kitties from Feral Care. Lucy, Scout and Hagrid.
They have brought endless love, laughter and joy to our lives.

Thank you for everything you do!

2 Kristen K.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted my beautiful, fiv+, deaf kitty, Dox , through Nutmeg. They thoroughly screened me and were incredibly professional. Dox bad been found in one of the feral cat colonies that Nutmeg supports. Between spay/neuter, adoptions and helping homeless cat colonies, Nutmeg has a HUGE heart and does so much for their community!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had 2 cats neutered / spayed at Nutmeg Clinic. Both times the staff showed great care and compassion for the well-being of my pets and concern for me as well. They explained, in as much detail as I requested, what the procedure would consist of, then gave me specific after-care instructions.
Both cats came through with no problems and were happily playful in a few days.
Bravo to the staff and medical team!

2 angela24k

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted an FIV cat from here. His name was Reggie and he had come from a hoarding situation. Thesecond photo was taken the day I adopted him in March 2012. He was staying at their new facility that was still being built. The first photo was taken months before he passed on May 30, 2019 from nasal cancer. I loved this cat more than I can put into words. I miss him every day. You guys provide such a great and affordable service to the people in your area. Thank you so much for what you do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife & I have practiced Trap, Neuter Release for 10 years in Hamden CT. Nutmeg Spay/Neuter Clinic had been most accommodating over the years with the 15+ cats we have returned after their services. I recommend them to anyone in the Cat Fancy. Scott V.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our beautiful Yorkie poo, Zoe was taken to this clinic for spading on May 2019. She was handled with such care. I was so surprised by how quickly her healing progressed. She was running around the next day. The staff was so professional and compassionate. I would highly recommend this clinic for anyone who is looking for not only quality care, the cost is way cheaper than a regular animal hospital. Thanks to the Nutmeg Clinic staff and thanks for your continuing work.

Vena.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first took a stray kitten to Nutmeg Spay and Neuter a few months back and was very pleased with the care and the cost. I then captured her mom (a feral) and had her spayed as well. The staff is great and I would not hesitate to bring an animal there again. I first found out about them about 2 years ago when I adopted 2 female cats from them after losing my 2 18 year old sister. Mama (Ruby Tuesday) is the black one and Kiwi is her baby.

2 Kim K.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

FeralCare is an awesome nonprofit. I've volunteered there and had cats and dog fixed there. They truly love, love, love animals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Nutmeg Spay/Neuter Clinic is the best non-profit in this area. I have been there quite often. They fixed my several cats that once were feral cats. They are always soooo helpful.They provided all I needed to help many other feral cats that come to my backyard. They go the extra mile with different affordable services for cats. That has been a blessing to me and many cats. I have also seen how they try to help anyone that goes there looking to help pets, strays and ferals. This organization is a blessing from above in this area. No question about it. I'm very grateful . I would have not been able to fix all my cats if it wasn't for their help. Their fees are sooo affordable. I have only praise and gratefulness for this organization. It is a very demanding job. Thank you Nutmeg!!!Keep up the good work!!#

2 Pat S.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

July 4, 2018, was the perfect day for an Independence Day picnic with friends. The weather was sunny and warm — but not overwhelmingly so — and the smell of grilling filled a small backyard in Naugatuck, Conn. Conversation and laughter flowed easily between partygoers as forks stabbed enthusiastically at pasta salad and bubbles fizzed from cans of beer and soda.

Into this gathering wandered a small black-and-white cow kitten. The owners of the home had caught glimpses of the kitten over the previous week, but this was the first time she had ventured close. It was clear the cat was feral — she wouldn’t come within more than an arm’s length of any human — but was smart enough to know that food would be plentiful. Those at the party offered morsels to the cat, who ate, sat contentedly in the grass, and eventually wandered off.

Over the coming days and weeks, the aptly named Independence (or “Indy” for short) became a fixture at the house in Naugatuck. She would sit at the edge of the yard in the evenings waiting for food, then at the edge of the house, then at the edge of the porch. She was still too timid for contact, but she had formed a rapport with the homeowners, who were now in the habit of buying extra cans of cat food each week.

Summer passed into fall. The leaves began to change. Concerned about the number of outdoor cats in the neighborhood and the potential for unwanted kittens, the homeowners knew it would soon be time to attempt a trap-neuter-release, or TNR. Independence may never be an indoor domestic cat, but she could still be given a chance at a healthy life.

It was during this period that the homeowners began researching TNR options and learned about the Nutmeg Spay-Neuter Clinic in Stratford, Conn. Nutmeg offered discounts for TNR surgeries and was within close driving distance. It was easy to make an appointment online. The homeowners could even rent a no-kill trap with a refundable deposit.

Trapping Independence, while heartbreaking, nonetheless went according to plan. The staff at Nutmeg cared for her and at least two dozen other cats on the day of Indy’s appointment. Indy was then released back into the care of the homeowners and given a week to gently heal on the home’s three-season porch.

Independence didn’t show up for a few days after her release. While disappointed at her absence, the homeowners knew they had done the right thing. So it was with a sense of profound joy that they spotty Indy, her shaved belly covered in peach fuzz, sitting on the adjacent driveway several days later.

The months went on. Regardless of snow drifts or ice slicks, Independence appeared with regularity throughout the winter. The homeowners marveled as Indy grew her winter coat and shed her lanky kitten body. By the time green shoots were showing in the trees, Independence had blossomed into a seemingly health — if still feral — young cat.

As we approach the one-year anniversary of Indy’s “appearance day,” we, the homeowners, can’t help but marvel at the journey we’ve been on over the past year. And none of it would have been possible without the Nutmeg Spay-Neuter Clinic.

Since then, we trapped another feral who comes around with much less regularity, and Nutmeg was able to accommodate us without an appointment. They truly “get it” and are in it for the long haul to make the world a better place for our animal friends — whether they sleep on our beds or under our porches.

1 Hazel M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2013 a Momma cat had her 5 kittens under a bush in our back yard. They were a few weeks old when we discovered them. We trapped the Momma and kept her and her babies in a crate in our garage till the kittens were old enough to be adopted. Found homes for all 5; got Momma spayed at Nutmeg; released her but she stayed around. A couple months later, Momma's sister showed up with 3 kittens who were several months old. Trapped all 4 and Nutmeg (with the help of New Haven Cat Project), spayed/neutered all of them. The sister left after a couple months as did one of her kittens. Momma and the 2 other kittens (Samantha & Blackie) are now "ours" - they come inside but still like the outdoors especially in the summer. Momma and Samantha will sit on my lap at times, though they're all still a little "feral" at times.

Also since 2013, other stray/feral males have shown up and we've had several of them neutered and rehomed.

Nutmeg always does a great job and takes care of many cats in town.