ADLA's Spay Neuter Hotline and Arizona Humane Society Together TNR'd 250 cats in October Fall for Ferals program
The three clinic series helped low income care-givers throughout the valley. ADLA's Spay Neuter Hotline scheduled and, when necessary, trapped and transported the cats. ADLA volunteers handled check in at the clinics. Arizona Humane Society veterinary staff provided free surgeries.
In honor of National Feral Cat Day, Arizona Humane Society is teaming up with Animal Defense League of Arizona to Fall for Ferals, a three-day event – October 11, 18 and 25 - devoted to the spaying and neutering of feral cats presented by the Spay Neuter Hotline. Appointments required.
It has been a busy October so far! The most exciting event was the first Arizona Humane Society (AHS) clinic on October 11th. There were 75 cats in the door including cats from several large colonies trapped by me and Suzie. I brought in 27 cats from three colonies and Suzie brought in 29 cats from three other colonies. It is exciting that ADLA is now partnering with the AHS to reduce the number of unwanted cats and kittens being turned in. Many are euthanized due to lack of space, are not adoptable because they are too young, un-socialized or unhealthy. Trap-Neuter Return (TNR) continues to be the most humane and effective methods of stabilizing free-roaming cat populations and of reducing cat euthanasia at open intake shelters such as the AHS.
As of 9/26 I'd already TNR'd 167 cats in September. Had a couple of HUGE colonies. Most memorable was the one this week - 51 cats! I am going to emphasize again - Please do TNR before your colony becomes this big. It is less expensive to fix a mom cat and three kittens then it is to TNR 51 cats. Besides, it is a LOT more work. The photo here is of one of the cats fixed this week. Notice the ear-tip.