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Here you will find some answers ... the reasons behind what we do, how we do it ...

The why and how of what we do...

Why Spay or Neuter?

Prevention of cruelty to animals...

To quote from the Feral Cat Spay Neuter Project website: "WHAT IS THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF DEATH OF HEALTHY PET CATS IN THE USA? A preventable condition: overpopulation….In Washington State alone, about 40,000 cats are euthanized in shelters every year, because there aren’t enough homes." http://www.feralcatproject.org/aboutthecats_truths.aspx


We have all seen the charts popping up everywhere that tell how many cats a breeding pair can produce:

Two uncontrolled breeding cats, plus all their kittens and all their kittens’ kittens, if none are ever neutered or spayed add up to: 1st year: 12 • 2nd year: 66 • 3rd year: 382 • 4th year: 2,201 • 5th year: 12,680 • 6th year: 73,041 • 7th year: 420,715 • 8th year: 2,423,316 • 9th year: 13,958,290

This chart has come under fire for many reasons, so with the help of The Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project's website, I've put together some numbers:

According to FCSNP 15.9% of female cats arriving are pregnant (53% of cats arriving are intact females) X how many kittens can be born per litter or average survival rate = LOTS!


For example FCSNP's November 2011 Newsletter showed:

Total cats altered since 1997: 70,460

Total cats altered so far in 2011: 6,203

So using those numbers:

53% of 6203 = 3287.6 … 15.9% of that = 522 x 3* = 1566 more cats to try to care for, s/n, foster, & adopt...added to those already in shelters ... waiting.  *a litter can be 6 or more! However, the survival rate is usually 3.5 or so

 

And this is only ONE organization that does the S/N! Times that by the number of Rescue organizations and S/N clinics - or the good hearted people that try to do this on their own by going to their vet.

 

Think of the demand on resources - money, vets, volunteers - it doesn't take long to see the dilemma, especially when you factor in that cats can get pregnant while still nursing and as young as 4 months old!


See our Jan 5, 2010 blog entry for a video that explains the decisions made each day at shelters to deal with this reality, and PLEASE spay/neuter your pets! Please adopt from shelters or rescue organizations. If you cannot adopt or foster consider volunteering or donating.


What is TNR? How does it work?

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), also know as Trap-Test-Vaccinate-Alter-Release (TTVAR), is a humane alternative to euthanasia for managing and reducing feral cat populations. TNR relies on sterilization of the cats so that they don't breed.

TNR begins with the trapping of feral cats using humane cage traps. The captured feral cats are taken to a veterinary clinic where they are spay or neutered. Typical TNR programs also involve providing vaccination. Finally the cats are marked so that they can be easily identified as a sterilized feral, usually by cropping the pointed end of the ear so that it has a square appearance (known as ear tipping).

After the cat is sterilized and vaccinated, it is released to the site of capture. (wikipedia.org)

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