Tuesday, August 5, 2008

25 feral cats spayed/neutered on August 2nd in cooperation with Catnappers

On August 2nd, Saving Shelter Pets sponsored a spay/neuter clinic with Catnappers in southern Georgia, providing surgeries for 25 cats. Catnappers will be going back later this week to trap the remaining cats, and we hope to spay/neuter at least another 25!

The location for this clinic was the local flea market, where many feral cats are currently living -- and immediate action was needed to keep the population under control. Their caretaker is a kind man who survived Hurricane Katrina and is now living out of a bus in the flea market parking lot. He is doing his best to provide for the cats, feeding them meals of Ramen noodles, using sand in their "litter boxes", and giving them all the love and attention he can.

Although these are not ideal living conditions for the cats, they were all relatively friendly and affectionate, and willing to cooperate with the spay/neuter operation. :) . Most of them went into the traps very quickly, eager to eat canned cat food instead of their normal meal of Ramen. The folks at Catnappers did discuss the issue of litter & cat food with the caretaker, providing him with some affordable alternatives, and he will try his best to provide the cats with what they need. (And on that note, if anyone has any ideas on how to get some cat food donated to this cat colony, any help would be greatly appreciated!)

We would like to thank all of our donors who make these clinic sponsorships possible. We would also like to thank Catnappers (and their very generous vet - who wishes to remain anonymous) for their tireless dedication to the cats, week after week.

If you would like to help us sponsor more clinics like this, please make a donation below (make sure to mark it for "feral cats" so we can designate it to the correct fund).

Also, please be sure to check out our current fundraiser on Etsy for the cats (ends tomorrow, Aug 6th): http://savingshelterpets.com/etsy2008.html

About Saving Shelter Pets:
Saving Shelter Pets (SSP) strives to eliminate euthanasia as a method of population control for homeless companion animals, by providing no-kill alternative solutions and pro-actively addressing the problem of pet overpopulation.

SSP is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with supporters nationwide. Please see our FAQs for more information.

NOTE: The animals pictured in this or any other message are NOT available for adoption. We do not have the resources to properly screen adoptive homes. We send our dogs and cats to pre-approved no-kill rescues in the Northeast, and these rescues will then adopt them into wonderful forever homes.

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