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Alley Cat Allies Sponsors Special Spay/Neuter Clinic

Alley Cat Allies, HCWS and C5 sponsored spay-a-thon to get ahead of kitten season.

Alley Cat Allies, HCWS and C5 sponsored spay-a-thon to get ahead of kitten season.

Alley Cat Allies, the national organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, sponsored a special “Spay-a-Thon” Saturday, March 9 in which 240 feral cats were neutered at the Heaven Can Wait Clinic.

The event was held to get a jump start on curbing “kitten season” among the feral cats living in Las Vegas. Volunteers with the Community Cat Coalition of Clark County (C5) helped humanely trap 188 cats to neuter and volunteer veterinarians and vet-techs from Heaven Can Wait Animal Society gave their time to spay/neuter and examine the felines.  Later the cats were returned to their colony site.

“Las Vegas is a great example for high-volume, high-quality TNR programs across the country,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Kitten season is perhaps the most important time of the year to champion this practice, because it improves the lives of the cats while humanely ending the breeding cycle among feral cat colonies.”

Taking cats off into the clinic.

Taking cats off into the clinic.

Springtime is “kitten season” – the time of year when female cats go into heat and give birth to litters of kittens after only 63 days of pregnancy. Keith Williams, director of C5, said volunteers worked into the night Saturday and Sunday to trap and spay/neuter an additional 52 cats, bringing the total number of cats spayed over the weekend to 240.

“The dedication of our volunteers to completing projects and the Heaven Can Wait clinic to supporting them is key to the success of our TNR efforts,” said Williams. “It is obvious why we are so successful. This type of caring and dedication will not be stopped.”

After surgery cats are tagged so they can be returned to the correct colony.

After surgery cats are tagged so they can be returned to the correct colony.

Heaven Can Wait and C5 partner together every month for a “feral cat clinic” where 100 to 300 cats are humanely trapped, sterilized and returned to their colony.  With the onset of kitten season, both groups were grateful to be able to hold an additional spay-a-thon with sponsorship from Alley Cat Allies.

“At this time of year, Alley Cat Allies will focus on the plight of feral cats and publicize the fact that spay and neuter can offset kitten season,” said Aileen Walden, Interim Director of Community Programs and Support.   “We will offer spay-a-thons in several areas around the country.”

One of the patients.

One of the patients.

Aileen explained that statistics show 80 percent of pet cats are sterilized, while only 2 percent of feral cats are fixed.  Stopping feral cats from breeding will cut down greatly on euthanasia rates.

Aileen is also an advocate of targeted spay and neuter programs, like Heaven Can Wait’s Operation Clean Sweep that goes into low-income neighborhoods.  She cited a study that found 90 percent of pets were fixed in households earning $35,000 or more, but the numbers plummeted to 50 percent in households with lower incomes.

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One Response

  1. Thank you for all your hard work to help the cats:)

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