Alley Cat Rescue will host its second annual Free Feral Cat Spay Day on Wednesday, April 27. The national event is designed to encourage the veterinary community and the public to end cat homelessness and to decrease shelters’ euthanasia rates by practicing trap-neuter-return, according to the nonprofit organization.
In a media alert issued today, Louise Holton, president of Alley Cat Rescue, encouraged veterinarians to participate by offering at least two free spays or neuters of feral cats to the public.
The organization noted that the day is not only meant to help reduce feral cat numbers and assist colony caretakers, but to also help the veterinary community showcase their compassion for animals and bring them new clients in the future.
The initiative is also catching on internationally such as in South Africa and Canada, according to Alley Cat Rescue.
As of press time, more than 280 veterinary clinics had registered to participate. (Details on participating can be found at www.saveacat.org.)
Last year, more than 150 veterinary clinics from 17 states joined Alley Cat Rescue in the effort. Together, more than 200 community cats were spayed/neutered.