After much discussion we’ve decided not to continue our Fix-A-Feral Sundays for the remainder of 2012. We thank everyone for their participation and support. Together we have spayed/neutered 211 feral cats since the very first Sunday, May 24th 2011. Multiplicatively by birth rates, we’ve saved a serious number (somewhere in the thousands) of cats from life on the streets!
We’ve made this decision for a couple of reasons. First, we know how hard the colony caregivers work to trap feral cats, get them altered and return them to their colonies. Because of this we’d like to ensure that caregivers have a more convenient, walk-in surgery resource. At this time SPCA Tampa Bay cannot offer this kind of service.
We also know that it is difficult to predict how many cats may be trapped and ready for surgery, especially when we are only able to hold Fix-A-Feral once a month or every other month.
This summer we’ve heard many positive things from the caregivers who have been going to SPOT Clinic, 4403 62nd Avenue North in Pinellas Park. SPOT accepts feral cats for surgery Monday through Thursday from 8am to 9am. Cats must be in traps, no appointment necessary. A key factor in our decision is SPOT’s ability to offer a more convenient service at a very similar fee ---SPOT is $25 per cat plus $5 for the rabies vaccination. Pam Borres, SPOT’s founder, is also able to offer some discounts when caregivers can bring in a larger number of cats at one time. You can contact her at SPOTUSA@yahoo.com for more info.
For every cat spayed or neutered, there is the potential for hundreds of cats saved from dying out on the streets. According to humane sites, one un-spayed female cat, one un-neutered male cat and their offspring results in 420,000 kittens in 7 years. Each cat we sterilize makes a difference.