Feral & outdoor cats altered
Feral and outdoor cats scheduled for spay/neuter
Marshall News Messenger Texas - June 25, 2006
By LAVERNE HUGHEY, Humane Society of Harrison County
For several months the Humane Society of Harrison County has been transferring feral cats and tame outdoor cats for spay/neuter surgery in Kaufman. The next transfer date for the cats is Monday, July 24. The Kaufman County Animal Awareness Project clinic has been open for about three years, performing surgeries two days each week. In July, the surgery days will be expanded to four days each week, perhaps five, as the demand for the clinic's services continues to grow.
At this time, six transfers have been made from Marshall, resulting in 239 cats being altered and no longer contributing to the pet overpopulation crisis in Harrison County.
Readers probably wonder why local veterinarians are not performing the surgery and the answer is simple. The vets are busy with their private practices and are already performing spay/neuter surgery for the Humane Society for two other grant awards the organization has received.
There are just so many hours in a day and the veterinarians are swamped. The Humane Society sincerely appreciates the Harrison County veterinarians and their staff who always go the distance to assist in these important projects.
Residents of Harrison County receiving government assistance qualify for the spay/neuter project funded from the sale of Texas Animal Friendly License Plates. The special plates cost slightly more than traditional license plates and well worth the extra cost as the proceeds are distributed among successful applicants to underwrite the cost of spay/neuter surgery for low-income families. To be added to this project, please call the Humane Society at (903) 578-4742.
Another grant award has been received to spay or neuter dogs and cats whose families live in the New Town community. They, too, should call the number listed above.
This is the second year the Humane Society has received grant funding from The Summerlee Foundation in Dallas specifically to spay or neuter feral cats as well as tame outdoor cats. When a Harrison County residents calls to have their ferals placed on the list for surgery they usually say, "I need all these cats to be fixed, but I can't catch them."
Not to worry, the Humane Society has traps which are used to catch the wild ones. The traps are easy to set and bait with a tasty treat for the felines. When the cat steps inside to dine, the trap door closes gently and they are safely inside, ready to be transferred for surgery.
A real plus of being transferred is that the cats spend the night at the clinic, are wide awake when they return to Marshall, and all the pre- and post-surgical drugs are out of their system. The cats receive a rabies vaccination, pain medication, vitamin B 12 and vitamin C. They are examined for ear mites and receive treatment if required. There is no charge for feral cats, regardless of family income.
The only charge for tame outdoor cats is $6.00 for the rabies vaccination.
To reserve a feral or outdoor cat's space for the transfer on July 24, please call (903) 938-7543. There is no extra charge for the surgery if the cat is in heat or already expecting a litter. A kitten can also be spayed or neutered if it is at least two months of age. This is an incredible opportunity and the grant money won't last forever. We can only help if you call. The Humane Society is dedicated to reducing the huge number of unwanted dogs and cats in this community. The only way to reduce the number of animals received at the Marshall Animal Shelter and to reduce of those abandoned throughout the county is to spay or neuter.