Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Brian's Free Feral Cat Spay Day Story

Thank you to the French Creek Veterinary Hospital in Pottstown, PA for providing a few spays/neuters for cats helped by the Cat NAPS organization in honor of Free Feral Cat Spay Day. The founder of Cat NAPS shared one of the TNRed kitty’s stories with us and we wanted to share it with you.

One male cat, who has been named Brian, was a stray living on someone's porch for the last several months. He is very friendly & adoptable, but because he is FIV positive, he'll be a long-term foster resident at the organization. Along with neutering Brian, the French Creek Vet took extra time that day to do bilateral eye surgery on this poor guy. His lower lids were turning in and the hair was irritating his eyes to the point where he was having trouble opening them.  He is doing much better now and sure is thrilled to be able to see clearly now without irritation!

ACR gives the French Creek Veterinary Hospital and Cat NAPS a BIG thank you for providing TNR services to feral cats and for going above and beyond for Brian!

For those who think that TNR is about trapping cats, sterilizing them and “dumping” them back on the streets, countless stories like the one above are the true experiences of a proper TNR program. Friendly, adoptable cats are removed for adoption or sanctuary life and any wounds, injuries or illnesses are treated and monitored prior to being released. Cats are provided with vaccinations and it is becoming more common practice for organizations to also provide flea and de-worming treatments for feral cats. They are ear-tipped for easy identification and caretakers provide daily food and water for these cats.

TNR is NOT the horror stories wildlife organizations and PETA like to make it sound like. Yes, from time to time, groups will make mistakes, and we will learn from them, but that will happen, no one is perfect. However, for the most part, those providing TNR and caring for feral cats do it out of compassion for the animals and for the sanctity of life. We do it because we know killing does NOT work and is inhumane for the animals being culled. Sterilization is the key to preventing homelessness and reducing shelter euthanasia rates. Spay and neuter saves lives. By helping just one cat, we save the lives of many! 

Cat NAPS is a small rescue organization primarily serving Montgomery County, PA. Their mission is to advocate Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) as a humane solution to control the feral cat population; locate appropriate homes for adoptable stray cats and kittens; and provide a limited number of special-needs cats with a place where they can live a quality life until adopted. For more information, please visit their website. They also work closely with Forgotten Cats, Inc. to find homes for foster cats.

The French Creek Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Pottstown, PA . Their professional and courteous staff seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients. For more information, please visit their website.

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