The Arizona Cat Assistance Team (AzCATS), a nonprofit group that helps eradicate cat overpopulation in Maricopa County, Ariz., plans to spay/neuter 1,000 cats this month in honor of National Feral Cat Day, Oct. 16.
If profitable, it will be the most important entice, neuter and return effort in AzCATS’ seven-year historical past, in keeping with the group.
The AzCAT has neutered 788 cats in a single month, which is its highest report to this point, mentioned the organizations president and chief government officer, Melissa Newton.
The challenge is occurring now as a substitute of through the summer season cat breeding season as a result of the bottom charges for being pregnant are in October, November and December, Newton mentioned. The group can spay/neuter extra cats now as a result of veterinarian prices are less expensive than through the breeding cycle. Each surgical procedure prices about $32.
Caregivers who feed cat colonies are requested to withhold meals for a number of days in order that the cats may be lured into food-stocked traps and transported to a veterinarian for the spay/neuter surgical procedure.
The AzCAT needs volunteers to assist with trapping, transportation, answering telephones and varied administrative duties as properly, Newton mentioned.
For extra data, go to the AzCAT web site.