The Arizona Game & Fish Commission and Department are not in a good place right now. The Commission is the worst that ADLA has seen in over twenty years of wildlife advocacy. Both have reversed a number of incremental positive changes that they had made- such as mountain lion policies.
Ever wonder why Spay Neuter Hotline requests a $25/cat donation for Trap Neuter Return (TNR)? Although the vets we work with offer us a generous discount, we still have to pay for every surgery performed. When we have funding available from a 3rd party we can provide our services for free. However ordinarily we are charged for each surgery performed and quite often the $25 donation doesn't cover our expense.
The Spay Neuter Hotline's Sunday TNR clinic was amazing once again. 87 cats were brought to the clinic. So many people pitch in to get the cats there, it's hard to single out one group. However, I was struck by the wonderful first time trappers. Four first time trappers brought 19 cats- including a mother and son, husband and wife, strong solo trapper and neighbors. By the way the neighbors topped the success rate with nine cats. Thanks to all!
It's been a hot summer! Despite the heat, I managed to TNR 800 cats since May. The largest colony exceeded 50 cats and the smallest was just one cat. The coolers ran all summer in the garage often housing up to 30 or more cats overnight. The difficult part about summer as cats have to be housed somewhere cool after they are trapped.
In January and February 2012 I trapped 381 cats, It is now March 12th and since March 1st I've already trapped and fixed 50 more cats for a total of 431 cats. With all this trapping I've not been able to sit down and blog about all my adventures and challenges.
Please spay and neuter cats and dogs now! For the past few weeks, the Spay Neuter Hotline has been focused on getting this message to Arizonans.
Week before Christmas 2011
This was one of the busiest weeks of the year! Suzie and I trapped 13 cats for the Tempe clinic on 12/18. Three additional cats were caught the next night for a total of 16 cats from this location. I did another job at two locations in one neighborhood on Tuesday night for a total of 23 cats plus three cats the following night for a total of 26 cats on that street in central Phoenix.