Massive scale spay/neuter feral cat clinics in Steuben County

Hornell Area Humane Society, Finger Lakes SPCA partner in major spay / neuter wildcat clinics in April

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HORNELL – The Hornell Area Humane Society and Finger Lakes SPCA are taking a proactive approach in Steuben County to improving health and human control of the population of wild, wild, and stray cats.

Just before kitten season, the Hornell Area Humane Society (HAHS) and the Finger Lakes SPCA (FLSPCA) announce a nationwide collaboration in April to set up large-scale spay / neuter wildcat clinics at the Finger Lakes SPCA, 72 Cameron Street in Bath provide.

“It is important that these cats are spayed or neutered to contain the wild population of cats in the community and to keep the existing population healthy,” said Mary Nisbet, HAHS executive director.

HAHS and FLSPCA both have active TNVR (Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate & Return) programs that castrate approximately 275-300 cats in the community annually. Thanks to an agreement that HAHS has made with the government of the Steuben district, these services will be further subsidized in order to achieve more affordable and expanded nationwide spay / neutral services.

The first Spay / Neuter Blitz took place in 2020. Thanks to this initiative and the combined efforts of our veterinary and LVT community, volunteers, HAHS and partner agencies (FLSPCA, Barn Cat Outreach and Paradise Garden Animal Haven), community supporters and participants, this event succeeded in sterilizing and sterilizing nearly 70 wild animals vaccinate cats.

The goal for 2021 is to significantly increase that number by holding multiple clinics. This collaboration will help expand the TNVR program and provide Steuben County’s residents with an affordable option to reduce the number of unwanted litters in the wild / wild cat population. The cost of a wild cat spay / neuter at April Steuben County’s Spay / Neuter Blitz clinics is reduced from $ 25 to a refundable deposit of $ 10. The veterinarians Dr. Wilcox, Dr. Wilson, Dr. Ryan and Dr. Doucette participate in the April clinics.

The average cat has 1-8 kittens per litter and 2-3 litters per year. A female cat could have more than 100 kittens during her reproductive life. A single pair of cats and their kittens can produce up to 420,000 kittens in just seven years.

“Low cost and accessible TNVR programs are the most effective and humane way to manage wildcat populations,” said Vicki Mosgrove, FLSPCA executive director.

Every year May / June rolls around and the shelters are filled to the brim and full of calls and requests to take in more kittens. This continues into autumn. Some of these kittens are abandoned, sick, injured, or motherless. Many are descendants of wild cats. This initiative aims to help stem the tide of cat overpopulation in the area.

For more information and details about the event, please contact hahstnvr@gmail.com. These clinics are for wild (wild, outdoor) cats only. Email the address for more affordable options for your pet cat. Services are only provided by appointment via email. No walk-ins can be accommodated.

“Thank you for your continued support of our community animals!” said Nisbet. “Together we can really improve the lives of these animals.”