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Susan Rice Celebrated At Feral Cat Clinic

The HCWS Feral Cat Clinic celebrated a local celebrity.

For weeks volunteers at the Heaven Can Wait Feral Cat Clinic had been anticipating the arrival of Susan Rice at the August 14 clinic. They planned a big celebration in honor of the humble woman who loves cats and pioneered the Trap-Neuter-Return program in the Las Vegas valley.

When Ms. Rice walked through the clinic doors she was greeted with a cake, a tour of the Heaven Can Wait Spay and Neuter Clinic and lots of signs made by our Youth Group that read:

  • Thanks from the ferals
  • Cats love Susan
  • Thanks for all the sleepless nights you spent trapping
  • Thanks for decades of trapping
  • Thanks for starting the TNR movement in Las Vegas
  • Thanks for preaching TNR and no breeding!!!

You see, in the world of cat trapping, Susan Rice is a local hero. She is one of the original founders of the animal welfare group called Spay Our Strays and together with our very own medical director, Dr. David Henderson; Ms. Rice began the first TNR program in Las Vegas.

Posters were designed by the HCWS Youth Group.

TNR stands for Trap-Neuter-Return and it is the most humane method of stopping feral cats from breeding at uncontrollable rates.

The feral/stray cats, which are the offspring of abandoned housecats are humanely trapped, then spayed or neutered and then released back into their colony. The colonies are then managed by a human guardian.

Feral cats are not adoptable and are euthanized when they are picked up by Animal Control. TNR programs allow them to live in their colonies without giving birth to unwanted kittens.

Although TNR programs have a proven success rate today, it was a new concept when Ms. Rice introduced it to Las Vegas.

Ms. Rice, who has been living outside the U.S. for the past several years, was warmly greeted at the Heaven Can Wait Feral Cat Clinic. She was also very happy to be present for a record-breaking day at the Clinic, where 300 feral cats were spayed and neutered in one day!

Heaven Can Wait spays and neuters 10,000 to 13,000 feral cats and owned pets every year at our low-cost clinic. It is our promise to Las Vegas to keep sterilizing cats and dogs until pet overpopulation in the valley is no longer a crisis. Currently 30,000 animals are euthanized each year in our area animal shelters.

To schedule an appointment for your pet to be spayed or neutered, call 702-227-5555 or complete and registration form by Clicking Here.  To learn how you can help the HCWS Clinic please see our Wish List.

Susan Rice started the first TNR program in Las Vegas.


9 Responses

  1. Hang on a sec … I have some presents I need to send to your “celebration”. About 2 dozen chipmunks with their guts torn out, a few dozen birds with their heads ripped-off, and assorted other NATIVE wildlife that was cruelly destroyed by your freely roaming INVASIVE-SPECIES cats.

    What address would you like me to send them to? We wouldn’t want to have you celebrate improperly you know. You need to celebrate all this relentless cruelty to animals that you cause too. Or should we all just go to pet stores and buy canaries and hamsters so you can thrown them at your cats to have them disemboweled for slowly dying twitching playtoys? It’d be the exact same thing you know.

    Unless of course you are nothing but self-blinded, criminally irrepsonsible, ignorant hypocrites. Then I’d understand why you don’t want to look at the REALITY of what you cause with all that you do in life.

    • Dear Woodsman,

      I am not sure if you understand the reason for TNR programs. They stop feral cats from reproducing and eliminate the number of feral cats in a community. TNR programs reduce problems such as the impact feral cats have on wildlife and the chipmunks you describe.

      Most feral cats are not skilled, fat hunters. Most are pets that have been abandoned. They have sad lives that expose them to hunger, predators and disease. These cats are the victims of irresponsible pet owners. Most are ill-prepared to handle the dangers of living outdoors and they become the victims of coyotes, bobcats and dogs. This may also be the predators killing many of the birds you talked about too.

      TNR programs along with educating pet owners are the most humane way of preventing feral cat colonies. I’m not sure what you suggest should happen to the feral cats. For the most part they are not adoptable. All aspects of the feral cat issue are sad, but TNR programs throughout the country have successfully fixed the problem.


      • My reply was to WOODSMAN, and did not put his name to my comment. HE SOUNDS LIKE TO BE AN ARROGANT OLD CRAB that likes to spoil and cause trouble when something good is being done..

    • Woodman, I still beleive you are an ASSHOLE(excuse my french)..I am a lover of animals and especially dogs. I have two Shelties, and I also buy cat food for a client in OUTREACH at my church that has a cat. They are and belong to this world that God made, and are you going to destroy them or leave them go hungry??

  2. I belive all animals deserve to live out their lives, and this world was made for them too, they are GOD’S CREATURES. The TNR program is a good idea, at least they will not multiply..

  3. Look up the term TNR advocates just LOVE to use on how they reduce their feral-cat numbers, their candy-coating feel-good term of “Death by Attrition”. This means that their cats will die from disease, cat-attacks, animal-attacks, exposure, road-kill, starvation, and any other means that drastically shortens cats’ lives. ALL their cats suffering for how many months it takes to die that way. In many parts of this country and the world this clearly falls under the guidelines for cruelty to animals, animal-abuse, animal-endangerment, and animal-abandonment laws.

    Let’s not forget how TNR advocates don’t hesitate to carve up cats with scalpels as well as cutting off parts of their ears, from which they have to heal-up for weeks before they try to survive again. As if letting them die of “attrition” wasn’t bad enough, TNR-advocates start them off by terrorizing them with traps, cages, and sticking knives into them first.

    Not only are they cruelly torturing cats, but also all wildlife they inflict their cats upon. Their cats literally clawing the guts out of any wildlife to use it as an agonizingly and slowly dying twitching play-toy for their cats. And as soon as all the “fun” has drained out of their play-toy, they go on and find another one to torture. This is no different than if cat-owners went to a pet-store and bought canaries and hamsters then threw them at their cats to watch their cats tear them apart for their amusement. What about all the native predators that depend on all those animals for their ONLY food? Their cats cause all those animals to STARVE TO DEATH. TNR-advocates’ cruelty knows no bounds.

    If you want to raise revenue for your towns and cities in order to deal with this invasive-species ecological-disaster properly, start charging all these TNR advocates with severe fines and imprisonment for CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.

    They’re not doing this out of any goodness of their hearts. THEY DON’T HAVE HEARTS. Proved, 100%.

  4. I have made my statement to this jerk, and have no more to say..

  5. Cats are an invasive species. Bred by man for man’s purposes through selective-breeding, a form of genetic engineering. They are NOT an indigenous species ANYWHERE on the planet today and have NO PLACE in nature. A cat killing ANY wildlife is no more natural than if someone raised piranha for pets and dumped a tank of them in your bath with you in it, or releasing them in your favorite swimming areas, or in all your neighbors’ backyard pools. According to pathetically ignorant idiots like you, piranha as pets deserve the same freedoms and protections as cats, don’t they? They too serve a purpose in the ecosystem, right? In fact, this would be even more natural than putting cats everywhere–the piranha haven’t been genetically engineered through selective breeding to make them unique from all other fishes in nature.

    Cats in the TOP 100 WORST Invasive-Species:
    Global Invasive-Species Database: http://www.issg.org/database/species/ecology.asp?si=24&fr=1&sts=sss


    Cats are NOT exempt from invasive-species laws. Much to the dismay of all you criminally irresponsible and psychotic cat-lovers who are desperately trying to raise them to some absurd level of “Community Cats”. If you do that then I’ll just raise Community Piranha and release them in all your lakes and pools, or Community Black-Mambas and release them in all your backyards and parks, then claim the exact same protections for them as you want for YOUR INVASIVE-SPECIES CATS. It’d only be fair! (You amazingly ignorant and stupid MORONS.)

    Have ANY OF YOU ever considered taking some grade-school level courses in ecology? Even 3rd and 4th graders know more than any of you know at this point.

    IF EVEN *ONE* NATIVE ANIMAL IS DESTROYED BY EVEN ONE INVASIVE-SPECIES ANIMAL, IT IS ONE NATIVE ANIMAL TOO MANY. Cats have no more right to be out in the natural world than some genetically engineered insect that, if released out into nature, would destroy all wildlife. JUST AS CATS DO.

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