Celebrate October 16th National Feral Cat Day With HAWA Spay/Neuter’s Free Voucher Promotion!

Press Release
October 4, 2011
Penny Wallace

Are you feeding cats because you can’t stand to see them starve? Do you refuse to send them to the shelter because you know they’ll be put down? Do you want to improve their health and stop their multiplication? Then take action NOW!

HAWA Spay/Neuter is offering 100 free vouchers for surgery, rabies vaccination, and parasite treatment for neighborhood cats living on your street. Free vouchers are available to Haywood County residents Mondays through Thursdays from October 10 to 13 and October 17 to 20 only.

  1. Get your free vouchers at our Waynesville office at 182 Richland St. Unit #1.
  2. Call Susan at 400-5981 when you have successfully trapped your cats in a humane trap; let us know how many you’ll be taking to the clinic. We must be sure they have enough vets on hand to handle your colony.
  3. Then take your cats in humane traps along with your free vouchers to the Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic in Asheville by 10 AM Monday through Thursday.
  4. The cats will have surgery the same day they are brought in and will be ready for pick up at 9 AM the next day.
HAWA Spay/Neuter offers these free vouchers because more cats getting spayed and neutered this month means fewer cats being added to Haywood County’s cat overpopulation and euthanasia crisis in the spring. “We’ve worked on our Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) solution for three years now,” said Susan Kumpf, HAWA Spay/Neuter’s TNR Coordinator. “We see positive results with stable colonies and healthy cats that are better neighbors. But we can’t do it alone. We need the help of colony caretakers and their neighbors all over the county to really make an impact on unwanted litters.”

Everyone knows that cats are prolific. An unfixed colony of one male and two females can become 16 cats in less than a year. TNR is the only proven, humane solution to reduce the number of cats over time. Returning sterile, vaccinated cats to their outdoor home stops the multiplication. It also helps prevent new cats from joining the group: unfixed males won’t be interested since fixed females no longer come in heat. And no more kittens!

“The old capture and remove strategy does not solve the problem,” said Penny Wallace, executive director. “Colonies form for a reason. When cats are removed from an area, a new group quickly forms because shelter and food (mice, garbage, etc.) remain. Then those cats mate and multiply. The cycle repeats itself endlessly, at taxpayer expense and at the cost of countless innocent lives.”

Fixed cats are healthier, have better behavior, and stay closer to home. The males no longer wander to mate and fight over females. And females don’t disappear for weeks with their latest litters, only to return with new kittens and more on the way. You’ll rest easier too: no more waking in the middle of the night to caterwauling!

“This is a costly project for us to take on, but the constantly increasing number of free-roaming cats without indoor homes is a public nuisance, a public health problem costing taxpayers thousands of dollars, and is an environmental disaster,” noted Connie Hewitt, board president. “HAWA Spay/Neuter pays an average of $50 per neighborhood cat, which we consider a wise investment in the community and a humane approach for innocent animals. We invite you to join us in making this effort a success.”

Want to help? We need all kinds of willing people to do the following tasks:
  • Distribute TNR flyers in your neighborhood to help spread the word.
  • Transport trapped cats to/from the clinic when colony caretakers have no access to vehicles.
  • Assist caretakers who need help in both trapping and transporting cats.
No time to give at the moment? We welcome and encourage donations to help us pay the costs of our TNR project. Mail your check made payable to HAWA Spay/Neuter, P.O. Box 992, Waynesville NC 28786 or give online through our website at www.hawaspayneuter.org and learn more information about the benefits of TNR for neighborhood cats.