$5 will buy:
- a 1000-calorie frappe
- an upgrade to gel polish on your summer pedi
- and a spay/neuter for a feral cat who otherwise could be killed due to overpopulation.
In 2014, more than 16,700 cats were euthanized in N.J. shelters and other facilities, according to a voluntarily submitted report to the state. They died frightened, alone, unwanted.
You can make a difference!
Bring feral cats or even your “friendlies” to the Fix a Feral for $5 spay/neuter clinic on Tuesday, July 12, at Whiskers Hope in Stewartsville. You can drop off cats at the People for Animals Mobile Veterinary Unit beginning at 7:30 am and pick them up after 4 pm.
To reserve space for your ferals or friendlies at the clinic, go to email@example.com.
The clinic, organized by HarnessLife.org, People for Animals and Whiskers Hope Cat Rescue, aims to spay/neuter approximately 30 cats from the following towns and townships in a 10-mile radius: Alexandria, Alpha, Asbury, Belvidere, Bethlehem, Bloomsbury, Clinton, Frenchtown, Glen Gardner, Harmony, High Bridge, Holland, Lebanon, Lopatcong, Milford, Oxford, Phillipsburg, Pohatcong, Stewartsville, Still Valley, Summerfield, Union, Washington and White.
“Many of the dedicated cat trappers pay out of their own pockets to feed, trap and sterilize cats in the colonies they care for,” noted Harness Life President and founder Dee Doherty-Strelecki. “We help with the financial burden of spay/neuter and make it more convenient by bringing the clinic out into the communities where the trappers do their good work.”
First priority will be given to ferals. Feral or friendly, all cats must be older than 2 months and must weigh more than 2 pounds. Harness Life will pay $50 per cat—you can “Spay it Forward” by paying the other $5 per feral or $25 per friendly.
The cost for ferals covers a pre-surgical exam, rabies and distemper vaccines, ear-tipping, injectable antibiotics and pain control as needed, a tummy identification tattoo and medical waste disposal fees.
For owned/friendly cats, the cost will include the exam, vaccines if needed, a green tummy tattoo, pain control during surgery and pain meds to take home for the cat’s continued comfort.
Other services offered at the clinic, for separate fees:
- Felv/FIV (Feline leukemia/AIDS) test for $30
- Activyl Flea Treatment for $15
- Revolution Flea & Tick Treatment for $20
- And microchipping for $7
“Kitten season this year was/is explosive, most likely due to the mild winter. We’re timing this clinic to try to head off the next round of kittens before the end of summer,” Dee explained.