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$20 Feral Cat Package for National Feral Cat Day

To do our part in supporting National Feral Cat Day, AAHS will offer its feral cat packages for only $20 from October 15-18, 2012!

 

Ally Cat Allies created National Feral Cat Day ten years ago, and this year the Athens Area Humane Society is taking part in educating the community about trap-neuter-return (TNR) of feral cats. AAHS offers a feral cat package for $35 year-round, which includes the spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccine and ear-tipping. To do our part in supporting National Feral Cat Day 2012, AAHS will offer its feral cat packages for only $20 from October 15-18! All feral cats must be brought in humane traps with only one cat per trap.

 

Why should you spend $20 to fix a cat that doesn’t belong to you?

  • Spaying and neutering feral cats will stabilize, and over time reduce, the number of homeless feral cats in your area. Less litters will be born, so the number of stray cats will not get out of control in your area. Cats can become pregnant as young as 4 months old and can have 3 litters each year with 4-6 kittens per litter… so do the math, and you’ll quickly realize that unaltered feral cats can become a major problem for your neighborhood!
  • The cats will live longer, healthier lives. Spaying and neutering them will decrease the stress on their bodies of having constant litters of kittens, and it may help the to better gain weight and live longer lives without the stress of mating. And without the extra cats being added to the colony, the cats already there won’t have to compete as much for their food supply with an increasing number of cats.
  • The cats will be better neighbors! Spaying and neutering will reduce many behavioral issues associated with mating, such as yowling or fighting.
  • The cats will be vaccinated against rabies, so there’s less worry about them becoming rabid.
  • Adult feral cats that are caught by animal control are generally euthanized. By participating in TNR, the cats can live out their lives without contributing to additional generations of feral cats and you’ll be saving your tax dollars by reducing the number of complaint calls and service calls by animal control. You’ll also be supporting the AAHS mission to lower the area’s euthanasia rates, which always ultimately comes back to spaying and neutering.
  • You’ll be doing your part as a compassionate human. If you love animals and care for their well-being, please also think about feral cats and help them to live out their lives as healthy, altered animals. It’ll benefit the cats but also your community and neighborhood!

 

Please visit www.AthensHumaneSociety.org or call 706-769-9155 for more information about the AAHS Spay & Neuter Center, and visit www.AllyCat.org for more information about National Feral Cat Day and TNR facts.

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Pat Thomas August 30, 2012 at 08:24 PM
This is a great step people can take to help control feral populations, but it's not the only one: -> NEVER BUY A PET. EVER. If you want a pet, get one from a shelter, or a rescue program like the AAHS. They are usually healthier and better socialized, thanks to the care they receive in those locations, and can be had for the cost of their basic vaccinations and medical care. -> DON'T LEAVE FOOD OUTSIDE. The less food ferals get, the less they breed. Also, leaving pet food outdoors (or trashcans unsecured, etc.) attracts all kinds of animals, not just the nice ones. Feral and wild animals that get used to coming around the back door for a snack are a big cause of outdoor pet injuries, death, and the spread of diseases such as rabies. ->DON'T GET A PET YOU WON'T/CAN'T KEEP. Moms, Dads, I hate to say it, but the pets belong to YOU, not the kids. If YOU can't manage them for the next ten years, give or take? Don't expect the kids to do it either. Many times it's the Birthday Pet that's let loose out into the wild 3-6 months later. Fewer unwanted pets means more room in shelters for rescue groups to then provide ferals and strays a greater level of care than simply trapping and releasing back into the wild. In the end, permanently reducing feral populations comes down to taking them out of the wild altogether. TNR is a useful measure, but only as part of an overall program of human responsibility.

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