You may think you are doing the animal a favor, but really you have become part of the problem. Do you want to really help this kitty? Some of you may have even asked your vet about spaying or neutering the cat only to find it would be several hundred dollars. It is certainly out of most of our budgets in this economy. Any what if you have a small group eating from your back porch? The cost can be overwhelming. The cost to our communities and to those cats’ lives by NOT sterilizing them can be even more staggering.
Fortunately, in the North Texas area we have several wonderful programs that can help manage the wild (feral) cat population. Trap, Neuter and Return is the mantra of those who are helping the feral population today. It is the most humane and effective method of feral cat management. It had been used successfully for the last 25 years in the United Kingdom, Europe and Africa. If feral cats are trapped, sterilized and returned to their original location, their numbers can be controlled. The benefits of this program include no more kittens, healthier cats, less fighting and less nuisance behavior.
Remember that feral cats have no choice in the circumstances they find themselves in. They are either abandoned or lost cats who have not been spayed or neutered and, left to fend for themselves, have reverted to a feral state. These cats continue to reproduce to form even larger feral colonies. A feral cat will likely never be anyone’s domesticated pet. But this does not mean that he does not deserve to live.-One common misconception many people have is that if these cats are trapped and taken to a shelter, homes can be found for them. Thousands of tame cats are put to sleep each day in shelters everywhere, and since feral cats cannot even be handled, they have absolutely no chance of survival in shelters.Whether you want to help with the feral population or simply get your cat sterilized, here is all the info about our area groups to help you get started.
KITTICO Cat Rescue
or call 214-826-6903, ext. 3.
KittiCo Cat Rescue operates the Dallas Spay/Neuter Clinic from 2520 Electronic Ln #803, Dallas, TX 75220-1228.-Their advice on T-N-R on their website is the most extensive we have seen.They also loan traps and provide expertise. If you want a deeper understanding of the problems facing feral cat communities and what you can do to help, go to this site first. KittiCo also provides assistance to those who are unable to afford to have their cat spayed or neutered.
or call 972-671-0429
If you are interested in assisting feral cats that you have encountered, please contact Feral Friends. A “Team Feral” volunteer will contact you via email or phone to explain the program, offer helpful advice on trapping, transport, and future care for your feral cats. Discounted, subsidized and no cost sterilization and rabies vaccinations are offered to feral caregivers. As a result, people can become active participants in the goal to make our community a better place for these cats.Feral Friends has traps available for loan throughout the metroplex. Feral Friends can assist the elderly, handicapped, etc. with trapping, and for those people who would like to “hire” some trappers, a donation amount dependent on each individual situation can be achieved. The program’s main focus is on providing the education and tools to concerned individuals so they can take action in order assist more feral cats in our community.
SAFER Stray and Feral Rescue
www.safercat.org or 972-222-5508
A nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and welfare of stray and feral (wild) cats. Their goal is to practice T-N-R and promote spaying and neutering of cats, while also offering suitable cats for adoption.
Help Spaying and Neutering Dogs & Cats:
SNYP (Spay Neuter Your Pet)
www.dfwsnyp.com, 214-349-SNYP (7697).
A non-profit organization dedicated to ending pet over-population. All volunteer group that has joined together with other Dallas-Ft. Worth humane groups and veterinarians to promote spaying or neutering of pets by providing reduced-price spay/neuter coupons.
SPCA of Texas
Has two locations providing low cost spay and neuter and well as general veterinary care.. Both can be reached by www.spca.org or 214-742-7722.
Martin Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic 4830 Village Fair, Dallas, TX 75224 and Perry Animal Care Center and Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic, 8411 Stacy Road/FM 720, McKinney, TX 75070.
(Feline neuter starts at only $40.)
“The SPCA of Texas estimates that there are currently 40,000 homeless animals in the Dallas Metroplex alone. Last year the SPCA performed 21,909 spay/neuter procedures, of which, 8,651 (39%) were provided by the Village Fair Spay Neuter clinic. Your donations will enable the clinic to continue providing more than 10,000 free and low cost procedures as well as additional veterinary services to help maintain animal health and assist the fight to control the overpopulation of unwanted animals.” www.spca.org.
KCAAP (Kaufman County Animal Awareness Program)
www.spayneuternet.org - 1-972-472-3500.
This is a low cost spay/neuter clinic that operates out of Crandall, Texas. Not only do they provide low cost surgeries, KCAAP offers discount shots, flea meds, heartworm preventative, testing, and heartworm treatment. A monthly shuttle service ($5) runs from the following cities: Mesquite, Canton, Garland, Athens, Corsicana, Van and Mineola. Cash only. The lowest listed price for a neuter at $28! Other discount programs available. Check out the website for more details.
TCAP (Texas Coalition for Animal Protection)
TCAP recently opened a new low cost spay/neuter clinic in Fort Worth in January, 2008. For prices and scheduling an appointment, please call 817-837-4500. They are located at 2421 Westport Parkway, #400, Fort Worth, 76177. They also host spay/neuter services in the following cities: Azle, Cleburne, Hamilton, Hillsboro, Justin and Denton.
MAC (Metroplex Animal Coalition)
FREE Spay/Neuter coupons for Dallas residents living in the following zip codes: 75203, 75211,75212, 75216, 75217, 75224, 75227, 75228, 75232, 75233, 75236, 75237, 75241, 75253. Must also earn less than $35,000 per year.--Please call 972-669-5000 MAC (Metroplex Animal Coalition), to receive a coupon for a free spay/neuter for your pet’s surgery OR you can download the forms from their website. For those Dallas residents who are on any type of government assistance (except Social Security), you are able to qualify for a free spay/neuter surgery and shots. Please call 214-670-8246 or 214-670-8248.
Alley Cat Allies is a national organization that advocate for the lives of feral and stray cats. Alley Cat Allies is the expert in educational and instructional fact sheets for caregivers and policy direction for municipal decision-makers. Alley Cat Allies advocates Trap-Neuter-Return - the most humane and effective method to reduce feral cat populations. www.alleycat.org
* Sources: National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy Shelter Statistics Survey 1994-1997. 2006 National Animal Control Association Statistical Survey.
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