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 firstname.lastname@example.org
with the location of the colony and contact information.