McLean County Animal Shelter is trying to get a deal with on the continued stray cat inhabitants whereas additionally offering comfort for its clientele.
Through a $500 donation from the nonprofit group Spay-A-Stray in Owensboro, the animal shelter held its first spay and neuter clinic for cats Tuesday morning, at which the cats obtained the surgical procedure.
Pet house owners, in addition to residents who had discovered strays, had been lined up on the shelter at 5:30 a.m. to benefit from the service.
The inflow of cats within the county has been and continues to be a problem.
“We’re hoping to get the cat population under control a little bit,” mentioned Whitney Sullivan, the animal shelter supervisor. “Right now, we don’t have any empty cages at all. We even have cages stuck in places where we normally don’t put cages, just trying to fit more in here so people don’t get upset when we don’t take cats.”
Because the county’s shelter will not be set as much as carry out the spay and neuter procedures, cats had been transported to Vanderburgh Humane Society in Evansville, the place they spent the evening recovering earlier than returning to the McLean County shelter Wednesday morning.
“They’ve done hundreds of thousands of cats,” mentioned animal shelter volunteer Marisa Blade concerning the Evansville facility. “They’re a huge clinic, they’re state-of-the-art …. They’re a really nice facility. Even though it’s an overnight thing, and they’re gone … (owners) can have peace of mind knowing that (the clinic) is taking great care of them ….”
Cat house owners had been capable of get their feminine and male pets mounted for $72 and $57, respectively.
An “outside cat package” for strays, much like a Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) program, is the place feral cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, and then launched again into the atmosphere. Stray or outdoors cats had been positioned in a stay lure, costing $55 for feminine cats and $57 for male cats. These cats additionally obtain an extra booster shot.
“When you put them in a trap, we do the ear tip — which a lot of feral cats have,” Sullivan mentioned. “That way, when they are released back, people will know that they have been spayed or neutered and to know to just leave them alone in their little colony. A lot of people will try to bring them into the shelter not knowing that they are already fixed….”
“This is to promote people to fix outside cats so that we don’t have shelters full of cats,” Blade mentioned.
Low-income residents had been additionally capable of take part in this system. The county was capable of complement a part of the charge so residents may have as much as two cats mounted and obtain a rabies vaccination for $15, so long as proof of want was supplied, equivalent to a meals stamp card, incapacity information or previous yr’s tax return.
Sullivan and Blades mentioned although the announcement for the clinic was final minute on Oct. 8, they obtained appointments for 15 cats by Monday morning.
The spay and neuter program gives different advantages in addition to lowering populations over time.
“It also helps cut back on disease,” Sullivan mentioned. “When you have a lot of tomcats that aren’t fixed and are fighting, they spread disease that way too.”
This sort of program may additionally stop undesirable kittens being “dumped” all through the county.
“It’s so important, because animals get out of control,” mentioned Scott Troutman, a Calhoun pet proprietor. “There’s too many of them. Whenever the shelter wasn’t open …, people would just bring animals to the gate and just drop them and leave them.”
While the county and shelter is heading in the right direction, Sullivan is conscious there may be extra work to be finished.
“Of course, it’s going to take more than one clinic, but this is the only thing that we have a grant for right now,” Sullivan mentioned. “But, we are looking to get more grants to have another one in the future.”
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