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ASPCA Helps AWC Neuter 180 Cats

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® recently made a generous grant of $9900 to the Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico for the cost of spay/neuter surgeries and rabies shots for 180 free roaming cats in the Las Vegas area.  Free roaming and wild, or “feral” cats live outdoors and are unsocialized with humans, and their kittens make up eighty percent of the cats brought to animal shelters.  They often are lost or abandoned pets. TNR, or Trap-Neuter-Return projects trap feral cats in targeted areas and transport them to a veterinarian for surgery and rabies shots, and then releases them back into their neighborhood to live out their natural lives.  It is the only successful long-term strategy for humanely controlling the population of feral cats.  Between January and August, AWC volunteers Martha Price, Auritha Roybal and Rita Gonzales trapped and transported ten to fifteen cats from at a time to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter for sterilization.  “We can gradually lower the population by focusing on sterilizing as many cats as possible in each colony we target, and hopefully we’ll see a reduction of numbers of cats and kittens brought to the shelter,” said Price. 

The ASPCA® has been very supportive of the Animal Welfare Coalition.  “In addition to this TNR grant, the ASPCA® has provided the Animal Welfare Coalition with grants for a utility sink at the shelter, training for shelter personnel, and the construction of a cattery, which will enable the shelter to house the cat population separate from the dogs, greatly reducing the stress on the cats,”   said Price. 

If you wish to report a feral cat colony for future TNR, please email awcnortheastnm@gmail.com with the location of the colony and contact information.


AWC Events
August 30-31: Millfest @Cleveland Roller Mill. Stop by our booth to say hi and check out the animal stories of folk artist Kim Shoaf. http://www.angelfire.com/folk/roller_mill/