For Immediate Release: April 2, 2013
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ALLEY CAT ALLIES-SPONSORED SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC GETS AHEAD OF “KITTEN SEASON” IN BROWARD COUNTY
Spay-a-Thon, co-hosted by Stray Aid & Rescue, spayed and neutered 42 feral cats from area colonies
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WILTON MANORS, FL— Alley Cat Allies, the national organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, sponsored a special Spay-a-Thon on Saturday, March 30, at which 42 feral cats were neutered by veterinarians with Stray Aid & Rescue of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., before being returned to their outdoor homes.
The Spay-a-Thon was aimed at curbing “kitten season,” which usually occurs during the spring months, when the weather warms up and female cats go into heat. Cats give birth after a 63-day gestation period.
“Our goal in co-sponsoring this clinic was to get ahead of ‘kitten season,’ perhaps the most important time of the year to bring attention to the importance of spay/neuter and Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) to prevent litters of kittens born outdoors,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies.
TNR is the only effective and humane approach to stabilize feral cat populations in the community. Thousands of volunteer caregivers in Broward County and across the state of Florida carry out TNR programs in their communities, and a bill (S.B. 1320/H.B. 1121) that would encourage more communities to embrace TNR is currently working its way through the state legislature.
“Feral cats can’t be adopted, but they are bonded to their colony mates and live long, quality lives. Spay/neuter as part of TNR programs makes them even healthier,” said Robinson.
About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has nearly half a million supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities, and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens nationwide. Their web site is www.alleycat.org.