Feral and Community Cat Clinic Sponsorship
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates that there are tens of millions of community cats roaming throughout the country. Our region is home to a countless number of these cats. Community cats are cats that are born and raised in the wild or have been abandoned or lost and turned to wild ways to survive. Community cats typically live in a colony which occupies a specific territory where food and shelter can be found. Many times, they are found around restaurant dumpsters, abandoned buildings, and under porches. Often, the colony is fed by a person who is concerned for the cats (caretaker). As the cats are fearful of people, they are seldom seen except by those who are aware of the colony or who feed them. Community cats can also be described as feral; these cats are often fearful of human interaction and are resistant to contact. They can be difficult to approach and may resort to violence to escape capture. Due to the lack of contact with people, feral cats are typically too fearful to be adopted and must be protected in other ways.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, community and feral cats are a problem based on defined nuisance behaviors. These behaviors include urinating and defecating in a yard or garden, digging, jumping on cars, upsetting an owned cat, fighting, and overpopulation. As female cats can become pregnant as early as five months of age and can reproduce frequently, overpopulation is one of the largest factors in determining how to react to community/feral cats.
Utilizing current funding from the Coalition for Community Cats (C4CC) and the County of Sacramento, the Sacramento SPCA spays/neuters over 3,000 feral/community cats each year during our Sunday clinic alone. The Sacramento SPCA holds feral cat spay/neuter clinics each Sunday of the month. These clinics are specifically for feral and free-roaming cats that have been trapped the day before the clinic, and are not intended for pet cats.
During the clinic, each cat receives:
- mandatory ear tip
- FVRCP and rabies vaccinations
- flea treatment
When funding is not available, the cost to the public is $17 per cat. To continue offering this service at no cost, the SSPCA is excited to offer a sponsorship opportunity to the cat and kitten lovers in our community.
The commitment to sponsor one week per month is $1,500. This will allow up to 88 cats to be altered, ear tipped and vaccinated in one day.
Currently, our sponsorship is as follows:
- 1st Sunday of the month: Sponsored by C4CC
- 2nd Sunday of the month: Sponsored by the County of Sacramento.
- 3rd Sunday of the month: Sponsored by the County of Sacramento.
- 4th or 5th Sunday of the month: Sponsored by YOU!
Each month, the name of the sponsor will be displayed in the Spay and Neuter Clinic, listed on the SSPCA’s website and publicized on Social Media.
The benefits of spaying/neutering feral/community cats are:
- reducing cat overpopulation in our community
- better health, diseases are not spread
- roaming behaviors are reduced
- Foul odors are greatly reduced as well because neutered male cats no longer produce testosterone which, when they are unaltered, mixes with their urine and causes the strong, pungent smell of their spraying.
***All Sunday clinics have been sponsored and spay/neuter will be FREE for all Sacramento County feral/community cats at these clinics through 2017! An appointment is required***
To learn more about how you can sponsor one of the available We Pay to Spay clinics, contact Michele Steiner, development officer, at 916-504-2870 or email@example.com.
January 29, 2017: Sponsored by LapCats, Inc.
We would like to thank LapCats, Inc and Barbara Doty for sponsoring our January 29, 2017 clinic!
A message from Barbara Doty, Co-Founder/Director of LapCats, Inc., January sponsor of the Sacramento SPCA’s Feral/Community Cat Clinic:LapCats believes ALL cats should be spayed or neutered and we as a community should take responsibility to ensure this can happen. Community Cats are a product of human irresponsibility but we can’t turn a blind eye and assume someone else will help them. More often than not I hear people say “it’s not my cat so why should I pay to fix it?” The answer is simple-It’s a community cat and a community problem. We need your help to fix the problem by FIXING THE CATS! By funding an SPCA clinic or donating to programs that provide free spay/neuter, we help compassionate individuals who aren’t turning a blind eye. We must encourage them to believe EVERY CAT MATTERS and by doing their part to fix them, they are directly affecting the number of cats/kittens that enter our shelters day after day, year after year. Every cat that is altered, means fewer cats in our shelters. It is up to all of us to support the trappers who are doing the work trapping the cats, transporting them to/from clinics, recovering them, and then returning them to their colonies. They use their own money to feed, buy their own traps, use their own gas and vehicles, and spend their own valuable time, all because of their love and dedication to the cats in our community. The least we can do is pay for the surgeries! Sacramento SPCA’s Feral/Community Cat Clinics are about helping the community. If everyone could donate “a little”, eventually we would have “A LOT!” Every clinic would be (and should be) free to the committed trappers in our area.
At LapCats, we work with local shelters and organizations to make sure all cats have a happy, healthy future. We are proud to sponsor the Feral/Community Cat Clinic for the month of January knowing we are doing a small part for the cats and the community. We hope other individuals and organizations will do the same.
February 26, 2017: N/A
March 26, 2017: Sponsored by Andre Carrier, Lyon Real Estate
Quote from Andre Carrier, Broker Associate at Lyon Real Estate:
Our feline friends give us so much. It’s my privilege to give back by sponsoring the spay and neuter clinic for March. A happy and healthy cat population in Sacramento is our goal.