The Issue: Euthanasia of Healthy Feral Cats
Although feral cats—meaning wild cats that have not been socialized to humans, as opposed to tame stray cats—typically lead healthy lives, the majority have not been spayed or neutered. This leads to cat overpopulation; in addition, feral cats are already immediately euthanized when they are brought to municipal shelters. The only reliable way to control overpopulation without unnecessarily killing is to humanely trap feral cats, spay or neuter them, and then return the animals to their healthy, outdoor lives.
The Campaign: Spaying or Neutering Feral Cats
If this Grassroots campaign raises $350, then Ohio Alleycat Resource (OAR) can vaccinate and spay or neuter 10 feral cats. Each additional $70 raised will fund vaccinations and spaying or neutering for another two cats. Volunteers set humane traps at a cat colony—a specific location where a group of cats congregate—and then take the captured cats to OAR, where they are vaccinated and spayed or neutered. After the cats have recuperated from surgery, they are be released back into their colonies.
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Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic
Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic (OAR) works to enrich the lives of cats and communities in Greater Cincinnati through low-cost spay or neuter surgeries as well as a no-kill adoption center dedicated to finding loving, permanent homes for cats and kittens. Along with its standard spay or neuter services, OAR helps to protect feral cats and keep the cat population in check through its trap-neuter-return program, in which cats are humanely trapped and spayed or neutered before being returned to their outdoor lives.