Over 1,000 New Orleans-Area Cats Spayed/Neutered During Drive

During a three-week period, grassroots effort was assisted by over 100 volunteers.

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Alley Cat Allies, in conjunction with local animal welfare groups, veterinary clinics, and individual caregivers announced that over 1,100 cats were fixed during a three-week free spay/neuter drive throughout the greater New Orleans area.

The spay/neuter drive, which took place May 8-27, focused on outdoor and feral cats that live in neighborhoods across New Orleans. The goal was to prevent the birth of kittens through a trap-neuter-return strategy.

The grassroots effort was made possible by over 100 volunteers and many individuals who feed stray cats. Alley Cat Allies provided free spay/neuter and vaccination services through local veterinarians.

The participating clinics and humane organizations were: Animal Rescue New Orleans; Animal Health Clinic; Ark Animal Hospital; Feral Cat Consortium; Cat Haven; Community Feral Cat Care; Lakeshore Veterinary Hospital; Louisiana SPCA; Riverlands SPCA; Save Our Pets; SpayMart; Society for Animal Stewardship; Southern Animal Foundation; St. Bernard Parish Animal Control; Support Alliance for Stray Animals; St. Tammany Humane Society; West Metairie Plaza Veterinary Clinic, Wild Cat Foundation.

Individual veterinarians who helped out include: Dr. Richard Allen, Dr. Emily Edwards, Dr. Amy Grayson, Dr. Sophie Hudson, Dr. Jill Krzycki, and Dr. Beth Sternhagen.

Alley Cat Allies, (www.alleycat.org), is a national nonprofit clearinghouse for information on feral and stray cats.

Posted: June 7, 2006, 5:00 a.m. EST

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