Our work at Bayside State Prison continues, and we’re happy to report that our partnership is making some great strides in helping the cats who call the prison home. To date we have helped 97 cats on prison grounds. Here’s the run down:
On January 7 we conducted a Trap-Neuter-Return effort where 30 cats were trapped. Each cat got the care they needed: spay or neuter surgery for the intact cats, rabies and distemper vaccinations for all cats, as well as full health assessments and microchips. Several cats received needed medical care. We were also able to foster three kittens and find them forever homes!
On February 10, we conducted a second initiative with our friends from People for Animals (PFA). Their veterinarian, technician, and volunteer coordinator came to the prison with us to assess, vaccinate, microchip and give medication to the 61 cats who were trapped.
On March 3 we continued our work to ensure that all the cats of Bayside State Prison had the veterinary care they needed. This time, 4 cats were trapped and all were vaccinated against rabies and distemper, received health assessments and microchips. This is the sort of minor trapping that will occur until all the cats have been TNR’d.
Just a few of the furry faces of Bayside State Prison who are a part of our Trap-Neuter-Return initiative:
We are so pleased by the cooperation we’ve had with the prison staff. Although we can’t disclose the specifics of the program due to security considerations at the prison, we have a great working relationship with prison officials who are in full support of our efforts. Now that Bayside State Prison is equipped with our guidelines for an effective community cat care program, the cats are getting what they need to live happy, healthy lives. As our on-going program with Bayside State Prison continues, we’ll keep you in the loop. Thanks to everyone who has supported these efforts to help the Bayside State Prison cats!