Cat-erwaul for help
Cat • er • waul: /kadƏr wôl/
• Verb (of a cat) to make a shrill or wailing noise
• Noun a shrill or wailing noise
Last week I wrote about a minor cat-astrophe I created by inadvertently telling people we trap cats (we don’t). I was sincerely afraid that our inability to physically go out and trap cats for the public would deter them entirely from taking advantage of the Petsmart Charities grant which allows us to sterilize community cats free of charge. I was wrong.
Since last week, we have sterilized another 40 community cats in Aiken County under the Petsmart grant, completely exhausting the funding allotted. We could not be more pleased, but now we find ourselves caterwauling for help. We are not alone in our cries either. The people who care for community cats and the cats themselves in many cases seem to be crying for help.
Here’s the deal: There does not seem to be any shortage in our area of unsterilized community cats. If we can find the funding, we can fix them all! Finding the funding while people are engaged (and before the baby boom hits!) is the trick. If you would like to contribute to this cause, we can put your hard earned dollars or valuable time to good use.
One way to help subsidize the community cat program is to attend the SPCA’s Play to Spay, featuring Norm Foster’s hysterical “Here on the Flight Path.” Tickets are just $10, which will cover a mandatory rabies vaccination and ear tip for a community cat. Round up four of your friends to join in the fun and together you will have had an enjoyable evening and paid for the vaccination and surgery!
This comedy about life, love, and lust will take place May 1 at 7 p.m. at the SPCA’s Marr Education Center at 199 Willow Run Road in Aiken. Beer and wine will be served beginning at 6 p.m. and again at intermission. The play is produced by Paladin Productions and directed by Patrick Williams. Click here to purchase tickets online.
Unable to make the play? Donations to the community cat (TNR) project can be made online. Please be sure to earmark your donation for “Community Cats.” If you’d prefer to do things the old fashioned way, we are more than happy to accept checks made out to the SPCA (For “Community Cats”) at 199 Willow Run Road in Aiken, SC 29801. Or you can certainly call us and make a donation by phone at 803-648-6863. Be sure to tell the receptionist with whom you speak that you want your donation to be applied to the “Community Cat Spay and Neuter Program.”
In terms of volunteer time, we are always looking for people who are willing and able to trap, keep track of colonies, and transport community cats to and from the SPCA on surgery days. If you are willing to help out in one of those capacities, please email our volunteer coordinator Heather Dry at volunteer @LetLoveLive.org.
If you are among the people caterwauling for help with stray, feral, or otherwise unowned community cats, we are here to help! Let us know if you are trying to trap cats in your area for sterilization and we will work to get you on the surgery schedule. Please keep the following points in mind:
• The SPCA spay and neuter clinic is open Tuesday through Friday for surgery. That means traps are best set Monday through Thursday evening.
• We accept community cats for surgery on a first come, first served basis according to the number of surgeries we can safely accommodate on top of what is already scheduled each day. Typically, that number is five.
• Trapped cats need to be brought in for surgery by 8 a.m. in the trap. Stay safe! Do not remove stray, feral or community cats from a trap.
• For community cats, an ear tip and rabies vaccine is mandatory.
• Cats must be picked up at 3:30 p.m. on the day of their surgery. We cannot be not responsible for returning cats to their colony.
• For additional information, check the clinic page at www.LetLoveLive.org.
I’d like to say a special “thank you” to those of you that have already participated in our TNR and Community Cat programs, by donating, trapping and transporting. We simply cannot solve this problem humanely without you.
Chrissey Miller, CAWA
SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare