by Bonney Brown
Our dog care manager is being serenaded outside his window each night now. In truth, the serenade is not for his benefit; it is neighborhood cats doing their mating thing. Kitten season is just around the corner and it will last into the autumn months. Cats need all of us who care about them to do all we can to help reduce the number of kittens born this year and the good news is that there is still time to make a difference.
Every animal lover knows that spaying and neutering are the only effective method for controlling the numbers of animals being born in our community. Neutered pets also live longer, healthier lives and exhibit fewer behavior problems.
Ensuring that our own cats are fixed is important, but it is not enough to truly reduce the numbers of homeless cats. We need to encourage others in our lives to do the right thing. Perhaps a co-worker or friend has a cat that has not yet been neutered. Your gentle-but-persistent encouragement may be all it takes to prevent births.
Individuals with a limited or low income are often eligible for low-cost or free spay/neuter services for cats through Nevada Humane Society or the SPCA of Northern Nevada. Transportation can be a barrier to getting pets fixed for some people. If you have a neighbor who has a pet but does not have transportation, perhaps you can offer a ride to and from the clinic.
Many kind people in our community feed outdoor cats who just showed up where they work or live. These cats also need to be fixed to help prevent births. Humane trap loans (to safely catch outdoor cats) and free spay/neuter and vaccinations are available through Nevada Humane Society and Community Cats. Sometimes we get calls from elderly or handicapped people feeding cats who are unable to do the trapping themselves. Trained volunteers may be available to assist.
Our dog care manager is trapping outside his home each evening now to try to get the howling feline Romeo and Juliette spayed and neutered. But just by talking up the importance of spay/neuter to co-workers, friends and family and by sharing the contact information for low-cost services, you can contribute to the important work of reducing the number of homeless animals in our community. On behalf of homeless cats, thank you!
Nevada Humane Society’s Spay/Neuter Assistance and Volunteer Opportunities
Low-cost spay/neuter assistance for cats: 775-856-2000 ext. 333
Help getting outdoor cats fixed: 775-856-2000 ext. 200
Spay/neuter related volunteer opportunities: 775-856-2000 ext. 321