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Spaying and Neutering for Rescue Cats Clinic Update! - 11/21/11

Minneapolis- Did you know that in a span of seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 kittens, leading to feline overpopulation in urban areas and, consequently, a high rate of adoptable kittens being euthanized at animal shelters??!!  (How’s that for a factoid!)

Organizations like Pet Project Rescue help play a critical role in preventing cat overpopulation from happening in their community. Pet Project Rescue strives to reduce the population of homeless cats—thereby reducing the number of euthanized shelter cats—by conducting spaying and neutering programs for free.   Through a partnership with the Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program, Pet Project Rescue spays and neuters stray, feral, and free-roaming cats at no charge.
They ran a campaign to help raise money for their spay/neuter mobile van clinic so they can treat cats in the Minnesota area.   My colleague Christine sent me photos and an update on how the clinic went!

Well our Groupon clinic was just yesterday and it was a huge success!!  There were 30 cats from around the Twin Cities that were caught and brought in to the Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program mobile van.  They were altered, vaccinated for rabies and other feline diseases, they were treated for mites and fleas, and they were microchipped!  So if they ever come in to an Animal Control, their caretaker will be notified and they will be returned to their colonies.

The best part about this was getting some of the feral caretakers together.  Some of them are new, some of them have been doing it a while, so I hope they will be able to share tips.  Many are making pretty tricked out winter shelters for their cat colonies because as you know, Midwest winters can be a bummer!   The cat featured in the picture is a feral kitty from North Minneapolis that my friend named Wheels!!

Thanks again for your help and support!!!! 

Christine Hinrichs, Pet Project Rescue

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