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Thursday, February 08, 2007

No Kitten Season 2007!

It looked weird to me too, when I first saw it.

This statement was on the back of a flyer that Fix Our Ferals created to advertise the new joint venture between FOF and the East Bay SPCA- The Oakland Winter Cat Campaign. The mission: Fix at least 200 feral cats living in the Fruitvale area of Oakland (chosen for its proximity to other similar projects to widen the area of altered cats, and the overhwelming numbers of un-fixed cats reported).

We organized a team of volunteers who scout out feral colonies, trap the cats, transport them to our Spay/Neuter Surgery Center, help recover them for 4-6 days, and transport them back to EXACTLY where they were trapped. The program started the first week of October, and is scheduled to run through the end of March. As I said before, the goal was to get at least 200 cats fixed- and as of yesterday, we have altered 170 cats with almost two full months to go!

We have a wonderful set of volunteers who go out of their way for these cats who want nothing to do with you once you have fed them, and for the countless unborn kittens who may have ended up in a city or county shelter with no-one to take them home and love them. Thanks to the hard work of everyone involved, there are 170 less cats breeding this year, and 170 less contributors to kitten overpopulation in shelters.

So, now I like to think of this as a rally cheer for the program: "No Kitten Season 2007!"

Thank you to all the great Oakland Winter Cat Campaign volunteers, and staff who have helped make this possible.

Wow! I can't believe that 170 cats have been spayed/neutered already. I'm sure that it'll make a BIG difference within the next couple of years, and even this next kitten season.

 

So, you've prevented something like 680 kittens from being born (many of whom would have died while very tiny from infection and fleas). This is a good thing. I look forward to the time when the SPCA has to go out to Stockton to get them, just like with some of the wee little dogs.

Its probably a relief to those cats, as well. Raising kittens is hard work. Loafing around, waiting for your feral feeder person is not.

 

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