It's the time of year when our mailboxes and voicemails fill up with reports of orphaned kittens and pregnant strays in desperate need. It's the time of year when people contact us and give us 2 days to take their unwanted pets or they'll take them to the pound. It's the time of year when animal control shelters have to euthanize dozens and dozens of litters of kittens and puppies. Rescue volunteers go without sleep, spend hours on their hands and knees, clean and nurse sick animals that are not our own, and literally go broke caring for a non-stop influx of newly homeless animals, mostly pregnant or newborn.
It's the time of year when we cry out loud when we see signs advertising puppies and kittens for sale by back-yard breeders. Our hearts break when someone asks to adopt one of the 700 animals rescued from a high-profile news story, but won't consider any of the 1000 that are going to be put to sleep in the county shelters this week.
Save ONE life, and prevent that cat from breeding.
If the owner reclaims their cat,
help them to understand the dangers of allowing the cat to roam outside, and how they are contributing to the
overpopulation problem. Give them our website address, alf.petfinder.com, and ask them to contact one of the
very affordable spay/neuter clinics listed on our home page. Then start your mission again, and find another cat to spay.
If the cat you find is not tame, contact the Spay Neuter Hotline to borrow a humane trap and schedule a spay/neuter appointment. Then continue providing fresh food and water daily after you release the cat back to your yard. Let us know about your lifesaving success story!
According to our statistics, this page has been visited thousands of times. If every person reading this would save JUST ONE cat this year and get that cat sterilized, imagine how HUGE the impact would be. One unaltered cat and her offspring can produce up to 420,000 cats in just seven years! While we'd be thrilled to have many people pledging to save one more life this year, we know that JUST ONE PERSON can make a world of difference.
Please share your success story with us, so we can add your name to our SOS™ Squad page!