Press ReleasesDecember 12, 2012
Lisa Kay Peters, Cats Anonymous Program Coordinator
SEVEN YEARS AND SEVEN THOUSAND CATS
CATS ANONYMOUS APPROACHES MILESTONE
Cats Anonymous is hoping to reach a couple milestones this month: the 7,000th feral cat spayed or neutered, and registering the 1,000th person who cares for the outdoor colonies the cats belong to. Odds are good that the milestones will be reached at their monthly high-volume spay/neuter clinic hosted every month by OakView Veterinary Hospital.
"Since we started seven years ago, the demand for our services has steadily increased and is at an all-time high right now. People are coming to realize that not all cats can live indoors. If they were born and raised outside, they are accustomed to that life and are actually an important part of the community in many areas. There have been barn cats and other 'working cats' keeping rodents under control around humans for a very long time." Says Lisa Kay Peters, Program Coordinator for Cats Anonymous.
Peters notes, "We are so very grateful to Dr. Lisa Lorenz and the Oak View Veterinary Hospital staff for being pioneers in helping cats in our community. In addition to their partnership, we've had the good fortune to have the assistance of 25 veterinarians, over 30 veterinary technicians and countless other volunteers who have made it possible to attain this milestone. We could not have come this far without them."
Feral cats are members of the domestic cat species, but they have not been raised as pets. Trap‐Neuter‐Return programs humanely trap and bring them to a veterinarian to be evaluated, spayed or neutered and vaccinated. Cats that have undergone the procedure are eartipped while under anesthesia (a small portion of the left ear is painlessly removed for identification).
Cats Anonymous, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to better the lives and reduce the number of semi-feral and feral cats in Northeastern Wisconsin. They promote, educate and advocate the non-lethal reduction of the feral cat population utilizing the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) method in a safe and humane manner. For more information, visit www.CatsAnonymous.org
Photographers and videographers welcome anytime between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 15, 2012, at the high-volume spay/neuter clinic, located at OakView Veterinary Hospital, 2770 Manitowoc Rd, Green Bay, WI
July 25, 2012
Monica Hoff, Cats Anonymous Board President
(920)434-7953 Â email@example.com
TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN SUCCESS IN HOWARD AND SUAMICO
Green Bay, WI â€“ Cats Anonymous, Inc. helped the Villages of Howard and Suamico be more animal-friendly communities thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities(r). The grant was made to provide residents of Howard and Suamico choices when it comes to cats living outside. The goals include reducing the overall population of feral cats and decreasing the numbers of kittens and feral adults being turned into local shelters. Â
The grant funds covered the costs of rabies vaccines and surgical supplies for 300 cats. The program only applies to unsocialized cats living outdoors, not to pet cats. Also, 25 live traps were purchased to help ensure the group could capture entire colonies to reach 100% sterilization rates. Cats Anonymous continues to monitor the populations involved, and reports the total number of cats has decreased from 512 at the start in 2009 to just 330 cats as of August 2011.
The organization cites cooperation from area municipalities as a significant step forward in meeting the challenges associated with feral cats in a manner that not only is well-received by residents as a humane choice, but also actually works in the long term. The community saves an estimated $50 - $100 per cat by using Trap-Neuter-Return instead of traditional removal.
Monica Hoff, Animal Control officer for the villages said "TNR is not only more effective in controlling the feral cat population, but many people will not call animal control if the cat is going to be destroyed. Â More cats seem to be reported when TNR is an option."
About Cats Anonymous
Cats Anonymous, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to better the lives and reduce the number of stray and feral cats in Northeastern Wisconsin. They promote, educate and advocate the non-lethal reduction of the feral cat population utilizing the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) method in a safe and humane manner. For more information, visit www.CatsAnonymous.org
About PetSmart Charities
Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities has provided more than $165 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of more than 5 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit petsmartcharities.org Â Â or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).