(Salem, OR)— Willamette Humane Society and The Marion Polk Community Cat Program announce the award of a substantial 2 year free-roaming cat spay/neuter and Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) grant from PetSmart Charities™ to reduce the number of free-roaming cats in our community and lower intake and euthanasia at local shelters. $116,190 will be distributed over two years to provide spay & neuter surgery and rabies vaccinations for 1,800 free-roaming and owned cats in Salem zip code 97301, one of the largest and most densely populated zip codes in Salem identified as an area where significant numbers of stray cats surrendered to the shelter originate. The grant will help cats in Salem on the largest scale our community has ever seen.
For residents in zip code 97301 in Salem, this means they will be able to trap, neuter, and return stray cats at no cost! Residents may also be able to receive onsite assistance from volunteer trappers to assist in identifying, trapping, transporting, and documenting the local cat population. Owned indoor cats in 97301 may also qualify for free surgery through this program. Those aware of or feeding stray cats in the area are encouraged to contact email@example.com or call 503-585-5900 ext. 313.
The grant provides for the creation of a Community Cat Coordinator job position, working out of the Willamette Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic. The position is now filled by Kirsten Straus, former Intake Supervisor of Willamette Humane Society. Straus will assist community member with trap, neuter, return (TNR) services, maintain a census of stray and feral cat colonies, recruit and train volunteer trappers and outreach personnel, and help ensure that the grant funds are orchestrated to meet surgery goals.
Thank you to PetSmart Charities for this historic level of support to stabilize the cat population and save lives.
The community is invited to learn more and get involved by attending The Marion Polk Community Cat Program’s quarterly stakeholder meeting on Thursday, September 3rd, 6 pm at Willamette Humane Society! Learn about the exciting new Spay & Neuter Grant from PetSmart Charities to expand Trap Neuter Return (TNR) services for neighborhood cats in the 97301 zip code, and provide FREE spay or neuter surgeries for stray AND owned cats in the area. Sign up to volunteer for the program or learn how to help in your neighborhood.
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What is trap-neuter-return (TNR)?
TNR stands for Trap-Neuter-Return. TNR, supported by leading national animal welfare organizations, is the most humane, cost-effective, and effective method of controlling the feral, unowned, free-roaming and stray cat overpopulation crisis facing virtually every city, town, and rural community in the country.
TNR involves trapping all or most of the cats in a colony, having them neutered, vaccinated for rabies, left or right ear tipped, and then returned to their territory. Whenever possible, young kittens and any friendly cats are removed for veterinary care and socialization, and placed for adoption. In addition, the nuisance behavior often associated with feral or stray cats is dramatically reduced. Because there are thousands of free-roaming cats, and because the vast majority cannot be homed, TNR is the best solution to address stray cat overpopulation problems.Learn more about TNR
About the Marion/Polk Community Cat Program:
The Marion/Polk Community Cat Program is a cooperative effort among local animal welfare organizations to more efficiently and effectively tackle the problem of 30,000 stray, feral, free-roaming, unowned and community cats in the region.
The purpose of MPCCP is to provide sterilization services to unowned cats in order to reduce cat overpopulation. (Sterilization services are defined as: Sterilization surgery, rabies vaccination, ear tip procedure and FVRCP vaccination. Other veterinary services may be provided if determined necessary by the attending veterinarian.)
About PetSmart Charities:
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart™ stores and our sponsored adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.
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