MAYFIELD, Ky. – Oct. 10, 2022 – Nearly one year after a massive tornado devastated Mayfield and Graves County, Kentucky, Alley Cat Allies is expanding its robust support for the community with a massive day of spay and neuter activity – the Alley Cat Allies Feline Frenzy, taking place at the Mayfield Veterinary Clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. Alley Cat Allies and the Clinic have established a goal of helping 100 cats during this intense day of action.
The Feline Frenzy in Mayfield will include spay and neuter surgeries, vaccinations and other needed veterinary care, microchips, and, for community cats, eartips for identification, all made possible by Alley Cat Allies.
Alley Cat Allies has been engaged with Mayfield and Graves County since shortly after the devastating EF-4 tornado struck the area in late 2021. With ongoing spay and neuter clinics, Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) activities, food and medical care, the dedicated support from Alley Cat Allies has been necessary because disaster recovery is a process that often takes months or years.
To date, Alley Cat Allies support has helped over 320 cats in the region with spay and neuter surgeries or other medical care, and together with Mayfield Veterinary Clinic, the two organizations estimate that 500 cats will be helped by the end of the first full year after the Heartland tornadoes.
Alley Cat Allies’ Feline Frenzy events are carefully planned and tailored to communities such as Mayfield to bring together key groups to help cats and people. With Alley Cat Allies’ expertise, communities transform while adopting practices and policies that set the groundwork to save cats’ lives far into the future.
Many of the cats who have been helped in Mayfield have been part of local TNR programs that have been strengthened by Alley Cat Allies, as the need increased after the tornado. TNR is the process by which cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, eartipped for identification, and returned to their outdoor homes.
TNR is the only humane and effective approach for outdoor cats. As evidence-based, sound public policy, TNR effectively and humanely addresses the community cat population, reduces shelter intake and killing, and reduces calls to animal services, which saves taxpayer dollars. Scientific studies show that TNR ends the breeding cycle, meaning no new kittens are born outdoors, while improving the lives of community cats and their relationships with people who live near them.
The benefits of TNR are especially important after natural disasters, when displaced cats and disrupted community support programs often lead to a sharp increase in the number of kittens in a community. TNR is practiced in thousands of locations, a number that continues to grow because of its success.
The Alley Cat Allies Feline Frenzy in Mayfield also comes just a few days before Alley Cat Allies Global Cat Day®, on Sunday, Oct. 16, a day when advocates around the world join Alley Cat Allies in the fight to end cruelty against cats.
(In Mayfield, cats will be dropped off at the Mayfield Veterinary Clinic at 201 Andrea Dr. starting at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Cats will be picked up from the clinic from mid-day through closing time at 5 p.m. on the same day, as well as early the morning of Thursday, Oct. 13.)
About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the leader of the global movement to protect and improve the lives of cats and kittens. Now in our 33rd anniversary year, we are joined by over 800,000 supporters worldwide.
Alley Cat Allies believes every cat deserves to live out his or her life to the fullest. We exposed an entrenched system in which animal control agencies and shelters have been killing millions of cats for over a century. Today, the programs we introduced in the United States are mainstream.
To achieve our goals, we collaborate with grassroots advocates, animal shelters, municipal managers, and lawmakers to replace deadly laws and policies with ones that protect cats.? We defend all cats by offering cutting edge education online, in person, and through one-on-one dialogue. We advance lifesaving innovations such as Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Shelter-Neuter-Return (SNR), high-quality, high-volume spay and neuter, microchipping, anti-declawing legislation, and any program that best serves the interests of cats.
Our website is www.alleycat.org, and we are active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.