Spay-neuter van to aid effort to help feral cats
Mar 13, 2013 (Star-News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Wanting to create a better environment for Brunswick County animals and residents, Paws-Ability is stepping up to provide a cost effective way to provide vet care for feral cats.
Paws-Ability noticed an increase in euthanizations caused by overpopulation of feral cats, also called "community cats," while working with Brunswick County Animal Control Services.
Suzanne Gurski, secretary of Paws-Ability, says the organization has been actively working to provide a solution.
"Community or stray cats that are unhealthy and reproducing can be harmful to our community," Gurski said. "However, with proper veterinary care, these community cats can become working parts of our environment."
Paws-Ability, partnering with Pet Sense and N.C. State College of Veterinary Medicine, will provide Brunswick County residents with a spay and neuter van for feral cats free of charge. The van will be available to residents beginning at 8:30 a.m. March 18-19 and March 21-22 at Brunswick County Animal Protective Services, on N.C. 211 near U.S. 17.
In addition to spay and neuter services, they will also offer rabies and distemper vaccines and ear clips.
Once neutered and vaccinated, the cats will be released back into the community. Gurski explains that because of the high amount of swampland in Brunswick County, feral cats are vital to the area.
"Most people ask why we release the cats back into the community instead of just putting them down," Gurski said.
"Healthy cats control rodents and snakes. They are a working part of our community. One local community destroyed their feral cat population and then began to see an increase in rodent activity," Gurski said. "Three years later they came back asking for cats to be released to help control the rodents."
Paws-Ability joined with Pet Sense, a pet store opening in Whiteville, and local residents to raise $4,000 to make this project happen.
All services offered through the van are free but Paws-Ability will accept donations, hoping to raise enough money to offer the program again in April. For appointments call 617-3760. For more information, call Gurski at 755-5820.
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