MONT RAINIER, MD., August 10, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – Alley Cat Rescue, Inc.’s Feral Fix Challenge continues through the end of 2021 and vets / clinics can still register to participate. The Feral Fix Challenge is an annual global event that brings together vets and communities to save cats’ lives. The Challenge invites vets to get involved in the sterilization-return (TNR) trap by providing low cost or free sterilization / sterilization and rabies vaccination for stray cats. Now in its eleventh year, the one-year challenge has spayed or neutered over 130,000 cats by over 1,500 veterinary participants. Veterinarians from all of the following countries participated in the campaign: United States, Canada, South Africa, Namibia, Greece, Israel, Japan, Croatia, Antigua, Nicaragua, India, United Arab Emirates
An estimated 860,000 cats are euthanized in U.S. shelters each year, many of which are newborn kittens or non-socialized stray cats. The two go hand in hand, as 80% of kittens entering shelters each year are born to stray cats. Both groups often require a significant investment of time and resources beyond the capacity of a shelter before they are adoptable. The influx of kittens during the spring and summer months, also known as the kitten season, extends shelters to the point of failure, leading to the euthanasia of healthy cats and kittens simply for make room for newcomers every day.
“It is a tragedy that 2,500 cats and kittens are killed every day in our shelters, places that are meant to serve as a temporary sanctuary and refuge for cats in need,” said Louise Holton, president and founder of Alley Cat Rescue. “The best way to reduce the number of kittens flocking to shelters is to sterilize and neuter free range outdoor cats. When the breeding cycle is stopped, unwanted kittens are never born and the adult cat enjoys health benefits as well. Targeted NRT programs have been shown to significantly reduce rates of admission to shelters and euthanasia.
Veterinarians can register to participate in http://www.saveacat.org/the-feral-fix.html and commit to providing free or low cost spay / neuter services to as many free-range cats as possible for their individual practices.
Individuals are also encouraged to visit this page to ask Alley Cat Rescue to send their veterinarian an invitation to participate, or for a sample invitation if they would prefer to invite their veterinarian personally.
Alley Cat Rescue is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of all cats: domestic, stray, abandoned and wild. The ACR advocates humane, non-lethal control of feral cats. For more information visit their website http://www.saveacat.org.
Deborah Holzer, Alley Cat Rescue Inc, 8189274130, [email protected]
SOURCE Alley Cat Rescue Inc