Spay and Neuter Clinic sees record number of pets

Contributed Photo/ Courtesy of the Desert Cat Rescue Sanctuary

Contributed article by: Cheryl Christensen

In January of 2018, Asavet Charities, in partnership with Desert Cat Rescue & Sanctuary of Arizona, came to Safford, AZ to provide their first “low-cost” spay and neuter clinic for our community. At that time there were a total of 73 pets served between the two days. However, many pets were not able to be served at this time due to the overwhelming response from the community.

On Friday & Saturday, March 16th & 17th,the veterinary crew from Asavet Charities returned to Safford for the 2nd low-cost” spay and neuter clinic! This two-day event was even bigger than the first one. An amazing total of 114 pets were served. In addition to the spay/neuter service, Asavet also did many vaccinations, a few hernia repairs, two microchips and they provided rabies vaccinations to approximately 40% of the animals served.

Desert Cat Rescue & Sanctuary of Arizona helped orchestrate this event and would like to say thank you to the local businesses that helped make this event possible.

A heartfelt thank you to:

The First Southern Baptist Church, Thatcher for providing the location for the work to be done, Springhill Suites by Marriott for providing the spacious, comfortable, discounted hotel rooms for the Asavet crew, and to The Copper Steer Steak House for providing the Asavet crew with a wonderful dinner! Per Cher Heath of Asavet, “the meal was wonderful, the staff were friendly and sweet. We were given an open menu and they also included our drinks; [What an] awesome atmosphere!”

Thank you to everyone who helped out with this event. It is the combined efforts of these non-profits and community sponsors that help make these events possible.

The Asavet veterinary team consisted of: Dr. Karter Neal, Alice M., Justine G., Peter E., Oscar Z., Jennifer H. and Cher H.

Both Asavet Charities and Desert Cat Rescue & Sanctuary of Arizona are 501c3 non-profit organizations. Asavet is based in Tucson, AZ. Desert Cat Rescue & Sanctuary of Arizona is based in Safford, AZ. If you would like more information about these non-profits, you can email Asavet at: or Desert Cat Rescue & Sanctuary of Arizona – DCRSA at:

Contributed photo: “Fozzy Bear”

Fuzzy Fozzy Bear is one of the many cats up for adoption at the Desert Cat Rescue & Sanctuary of Arizona

Contributed Article By Desert Cat Rescue & Sanctuary of Arizona

Hi, everyone. My name is Fuzzy Fozzy Bear. Some people knew me as “The Thriftee Kitty.” I lived in the parking lot of the Thriftee Food & Drug store in Safford.

While people would stop and pet me, no one took me in. I was on my own. I was found crossing a busy street in Safford between Thriftee and the train tracks; Nowhere to go, but back into traffic.

Volunteers at the rescue shelter caught me because I simply cannot resist a tummy rub. I was taken in by Desert Cat Rescue & Sanctuary of Arizona. They posted on Facebook and local pages to find my owner. No one came.

They cared for me and had me neutered. I am now ready for my new forever family. I am over a year old, so I will not climb your curtains. I do not mind dogs or other cats. I do meow at other cats if they come to close to me though.

I have not been around children, but I think I would like them. I like to talk too, so I am looking for someone who wants to have awesome conversations with me and is willing to provide me with lots of tummy rubs. Those are just my favorite thing.

My adoption fee is $25. If you are interested in adopting me, please send an email to for an adoption application. You can also like our page on Facebook and send us a message.

If you would like to help to Desert Cat Rescue & Sanctuary of Arizona continue their rescue efforts, you can send donations through PayPal using the email address above. If you wish to donate food or other product, please email us and we will set up a place to meet with you. Thank you for your support.