Spay and neuter surgeries change the lives of free-roaming cats. For females, it means a lower risk of infections and pregnancy complications; for males, less fighting and fewer health problems. When the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project started in 1997, the mission was to spay and neuter as many free-roaming cats as possible, helping reduce overpopulation and the need for euthanasia deaths in community shelters.
Today, the organization has expanded its work to include all cats, including those with homes. When a cat arrives for surgery, it also receives a basic health exam, rabies vaccination, and, for free-roaming cats, an ear tip to identify it as spayed or neutered. Since its inception, the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project has performed the surgery on more than 82,000 cats. The organization collaborates with other like-minded groups and individuals striving to care for animals in a safe, humane environment.
Pet owners consider their animals a part of their family, and the veterinarians at Redmond-Kirkland & Redmond-Fall City Animal Hospitals treat them as such. The American Animal Hospital Association–accredited hospitals possess medical technology that you won't find at many vet's offices—their CO2 laser lets the vets perform delicate surgeries with minimal bleeding and pain, digital dental x-rays help them detect tooth decay, and cancer therapy helps ailing pets fight unfortunate conditions. Their specialties don't end with cats and dogs, as the medical professionals also provide care to other creatures ranging from guinea pigs and rabbits to birds and reptiles.
Dr. Erica Anderson could have ended up anywhere. As a child, she followed her father, a botanist, across the world to places such as Thailand, Malaysia, Kenya, Japan. During these globetrotting days, Dr. Anderson discovered a passion for wildlife. She even spent time in South Africa studying animals and how they live. In the end, however, she decided a career as a wildlife veterinarian wasn't for her. Instead, she found that helping domesticated pets and their humans was a more fulfilling duty. So, she began working nightshifts as an emergency vet.
Fueled by an eclectic array of experiences and an undying compassion for animals, Dr. Anderson eventually opened her own practice, Jet City Animal Clinic. Here, Dr. Anderson checks up on cats and dogs during annual exams, and, if necessary, performs surgical procedures. She also works alongside a whole team of talented individuals, including technicians, body workers, and behaviorists.
Together, this team creates a warm and friendly space for owners and their pets. A calming, amicable vibe surfaces in the earth toned walls and the paintings of pets speckled throughout the office. Much of the decor comes from reclaimed materials, highlighting the staff's commitment to eco-friendly business practices. They also keep electronic records so they don't have to use as much paper or shave each dog's medical record into its own fur.