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Operation Clean Sweep: Working To End Unwanted Litters

Operation Clean Sweep is helping cats in Las Vegas like Emma. Emma is available for adoption by emailing: cats@hcws.org

Here’s a shocking fact: The average cat brought to a Las Vegas area animal shelter has only a 10 percent chance of finding its owner or being adopted?  The overwhelming majority are euthanized. 

Since we live in a betting town, Heaven Can Wait Animal Society decided to change those odds. Operation Clean Sweep, the most comprehensive spay and neuter program was developed.

Operated by Heaven Can Wait in cooperation with the Community Cat Coalition of Clark County, the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society, Clark County Animal Control and The Animal Foundation, the project just finished its first two years. 

Las Vegas Review Journal staff writer, Andrew Taylor highlighted the achievements of the program that works to sterilize every cat in neighborhoods flagged by Animal Control as “at risk.”

Here is Taylor’s story:

Operation Clean Sweep Is Working To Curb Kitten Overpopulation

Operation Clean Sweep, a two-year program to capture feral cats, spay or neuter them and return them to where they were captured, is scheduled to wrap up this week. On June 13 the project was 64 cats away from its goal of 2,645, and organizers were confident they would achieve it.

The program, operated by the nonprofit Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, is a joint effort with the Community Cat Coalition of Clark County, the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society, Clark County Animal Control and The Animal Foundation. The program, funded by a grant from PetSmart, is focused on two areas with notable feral cat populations on the east side of the valley. The first is bounded by Sahara Avenue on the south, Charleston Boulevard on the north, Sloan Lane on the east and U.S. Highway 95 on the west. The second is bounded by Owens Avenue on the south, Craig Road on the north, Los Feliz Street on the east and Pecos Road on the west.

Portions of the ZIP codes 89104, 89115, 89121, 89142 and 89156 are included.

Both the group’s initial zone and the new zones were selected in part because the areas are in unincorporated Clark County, which allows registered colonies of feral cats under the Managed Care of Feral Cats ordinance enacted in October 2008. The ordinance is designed to help feral cat caretakers connect and better manage colonies. It also provides a certain amount of legal protection for managed feral cat colonies.

“The idea is that only so many cats will move into an area,” Erickson said. “The goal is to capture and spay or neuter every cat in an area, such as a mobile home community or apartment complex. By reducing the breeding, we reduce the number of cats that will wind up in a shelter or euthanized.”

Click on the link to read the entire story: http://www.lvrj.com/view/operation-clean-sweep-is-working-to-curb-kitten-overpopulation-160342385.html

In addition to fixing feral cats, Operation Clean Sweep also spays and neuters owned pet cats in the targeted areas.  Learn more about the program or becoming a volunteer by clicking on Operation Clean Sweep.

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