Cleveland Agencies Target Cat Overpopulation

Animal welfare groups aim to spay/neuter pet and feral cats.

Posted: January 9 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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Cleveland Agencies Target Cat Overpopulation
The 2008 Cleveland Cats Project hopes to prevent the birth of 4,000 unwanted kittens by altering 400 cats.
PetFix Northeast Ohio, a mobile spay/neuter clinic, neutered its 5,000th cat this week, marking the start of the 2008 Cleveland Cats Project to control cat overpopulation. Through grants from the ASPCA, the Ferry Family Foundation and the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, PetFix will work with the Cleveland Animal Protective League to operate low-cost spay and neuter clinics throughout Cleveland. The ultimate goal is to alter 70 percent of Cleveland’s cats over the next six years, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports.

Between now and July, PetFix will host 20 spay/neuter clinics at the Animal Protective League. At those clinics, PetFix plans to alter 400 cats. Cats eligible for the services include those owned by low-income residents and feral cats brought in by colony caregivers. The first clinic will take place on Saturday, Jan. 26.

By altering 400 cats, the Cleveland Cats Project can help prevent the birth of 4,000 unwanted kittens, Timy Sullivan, PetFix founder and president, said. When the project reaches its goal of altering 70 percent of Cleveland’s cats, they will have reached equilibrium between the cat population and pet owners, Sullivan added.

Spay/neuter surgeries for cats can be scheduled through the Cleveland Cats Project by calling the Animal Protective League at 216-377-1633. The price for low-income residents is $20 for neuter surgery and $30 for spay surgery. All feral cat surgeries cost $30. Spay/neuter surgeries also are offered for dogs. Visit PetFix Northeast Ohio's website for more information.

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Robert    Syracuse, NY

1/10/2008 3:23:59 PM

This sounds like an excellent program to cut down on unwanted cats. People should support it.

Ellen    Attleboro, MA

1/10/2008 12:25:50 AM

Great idea~

Kathy    Morehead City, NC

1/9/2008 3:29:44 PM

This is great! There are funds available for low income families in my county for low cost spay/neuter ($5.00) but only a small fraction of the $$ has been spent. Paperwork to prove you are low income is required (work) and it's tough to get the word out.
OTOH, my husband and I are helping a local TNR organization but caring for kittes post op. We've had two "batches" so far for a total a 11. It feels really good to be able to help but I feed sorry for the poor kitties that have to live outside but they are well care for by the colony care takers.

Melanie    El Dorado, AR

1/9/2008 2:17:24 PM

Way to go Cleveland!! Every community needs a low-cost spay/neuter program. I think it would really encourage citizens to alter their pets.

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