I hope you are both doing well. We absolutely had the most successful TNR event to celebrate National Feral Cat Day. Our event was October 22 and we did 44 TNR and we were able to rescue 9 precious feral kittens as well and they are currently in our foster care program and then will be going to rescues outside of Fremont County. The TNR event was so rewarding and please know this was only possible because of CARE.
I am attaching pictures of the event. I am extremely grateful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Naza Lee Workman
JJ's Helping Paws
Clinics Partnered With Rocky Mountain Puppy Rescue
Since 2012 Rocky Mountain Puppy Rescue, a licensed 501c3 animal rescue, has been conducting owned animal Spay Neuter Clinics in NM. To date we have collectively spay neutered over 525 animals in dire need. The area served since inception is Los Lunas NM and the Pueblos of Isleta, Santa Ana and Zuni in NM. These areas are rife with over population and little to no access for subsidized spay neuter services and life saving vaccines. Early on in our concept and execution of our SPAY IT FORWARD clinics, C.A.R.E. has participated! We thank C.A.R.E. for their support of RMPR's SPAY IT FORWARD Spay Neuter clinic and we look forward to 2016 where we are estimated to perform over 800 surgeries at our now 6 clinics.Thank you!
Trap, Neuter Release in Montrose CO (February 2014)
Hi Lisa and Linda,
The February TNR clinic for Montrose County was a huge success. About 105 cats were spayed or neutered! Most of the cats came from the Town of Olathe. A nice woman named Minnie asked Montrose Animal Protection Agency for help with the cats she feeds. MAPA referred Minnie to us and this brought to our attention the need in Olathe. The population is about 1800 people, and I would estimate around 300 outdoor cats. Minnie has been taking care of outdoor cats for a long time and she would get a few spayed or neutered whenever she could. Her yard is like a sanctuary for these cats, with a eight foot privacy fence, and multiple feeding stations. Every day Minnie was at the clinic washing laundry for us, bringing us pastries, and keeping an eye on her cats. She was so grateful for our help. We will follow up with Minnie in March to trap the cats we missed.
Another woman named Charlotte asked for our help. She has about 15 cats that she feeds. Charlotte didn't want anymore kittens, but she couldn't afford the cost of spaying even one of the cats. Even if she could, she had no way of catching them and taking them to a clinic. We TNR'd 14 of Charlotte's cats. We will be back in March for one tricky little grey tabby.
A third woman named Charlene asked us for help with her colony of cats. We were able to trap and spay or neuter every one. No more kittens for Charlene! Three of her youngsters were quite friendly and we were able to send them to Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue. Charlene will keep in contact with us and let us know if any new cats show up on her doorstep.
As the word got out that we were doing a TNR clinic in Olathe, people began to call about the cats that they are caring for. During the clinic, I noticed about six black adolescent cats eating out of a pan right across the door from our clinic location. I knocked on the door and explained what we were doing. The woman said she would be happy to have the cats trapped and spayed or neutered. She told me about the black mama cat and the tabby mama cat. We were able to trap all eight cats.
It was an incredible amount of work before, during, and following this clinic. About a dozen volunteers helped with the effort. The town administrator and the people of Olathe were very supportive of the TNR project. We recruited several new volunteers to help with the March clinic. I would like to continue to focus our efforts on the Town of Olathe. After the March clinic, we will take a break until November and then hold a monthly clinic as funding allows.
Thank you C.A.R.E. for your support of our project! We have decided to name our group Snip and Tip Cat Project.
TRAP /NEUTER/RELEASE (TNR) IN TULSA,OK (FEBRUARY 2014)
Thank you so very much in helping us fund our grass roots efforts to reduce the roaming car population in Tulsa, OK. Last year, we were able to reduce the roaming cat population in Tulsa, OK. Last year, we were able to help close to 90 cats, either through Trap-Neuter-Return or in rescuing kittens from those colonies, vetting them and finding good forever homes. We did this with donations from individuals and our own funds. We are a base collection of women and men, numbering around 5-7. We work to educate the community whenever possible about Community Cats and TNR and incorporate the assistance of the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals. While we are not an organization, per se, we utilize help from many other groups in Tulsa for placement of cats and kittens and for contacts and resources, including StreetCats, Feral and Domestic Animal Rescue, Feline Specialties Animal Hospital (adoption program), The Mobile Pet Vet, Sheridan Road Veterinary Hospital, River Trails Animal Hospital Rescue, and Pet Adoption League.
I am attaching some pics of the cats and colonies (see pics above) we have and are helping and a link to an article about our efforts that was published in Tulsa Pets Magazine. The photographer who took the pics in the magazine article is also a feral feeder at one of our urban sites.
I so appreciate your gift of $875.00, with the payment made out to SpayOK. This will be to assist in spay and neuter for 35 cats and we will add a vaccination of FVRCP (the feline upper respiratory vaccines) to each spay or neuter we do at SpayOK. The rabies shot is included in the cost of the sterilization. We pay $30 for cats and $20 for kittens at SpayOK. http://www.spayok.com/
Further, I want to thank you for the check you are sending of $150.00 to buy food for the ferals. I have two women that feed at 4 locations each night and pay for everything themselves. This will be a great help to them and will allow them to take on more feeding as necessary. Another colony is fed by multiple people on a schedule maintained by one of our TNR crew. This has been a terrible winter and really hard on our feral cats. We know we have lost some, but it is not for lack of food and shelter.
Last year, C.A.R.E. gifted us $600.00 which really helped us start up this work. At that time, we were trapping at a local nursing home where the population had grown our of control.
Spay / Neuter - Helping Dr. Deb Randolph - Zwick at ARK Veterinary Clinic in Sterling, Kansas (August 2013)
Lisa-Here are pictures of 5 cats that we TNRrd today. We had 3 females-1blk, 1tortoise, 1calico/tiger. We had 2 males-both orange tigers. All are from town in nearby Geneseo, KS. Geneseo is very small and rural and they are having a lot of stray cats. These 5 are all fed by 1 family. We have 4 more to go for this colony. Our TNR program includes spay/neuter, rabies vax, deworm/deflea/hw dose of Revolution, and the left ear is notched. Some of the pictures show the ear notch. We have traps to catch them in and for recovery but some are tame enough that the handlers didn’t need them. Thank you so much for C.A.R.E.'s donation and will definitely be put to good use!! J
June 2012- C.A.R.E. contributed to the cost of the spay / neuter of 7 puppies and mom
We are caring for some Basset hound puppies and their mother. We believe they were dumped on the side of the road and made their way to an abandoned trailer house that they were living under. It took several hours to set a live trap to catch them all. The mom was very frightened of people at the time. They are doing great now and are ready to be adopted , two are already spoken for, but I want to get them spayed and neutered before they go to their new homes. I was wondering if at all possible, if C.A.R.E would be able to help in the cost of the surgeries.
News release for targeted Spay and Neuter of Pit Bulls, Chihuahuas and their mixes in Springdale, Arkansas
June 14, 2012 – Spay Arkansas today announced the availability of funds to do targeted spay and neuters at the Northwest Arkansas Spay & Neuter Clinic, 1909 W. Huntsville Road, Springdale. Low income citizens of Springdale who own pit bulls/ pit bull mixes, Chihuahuas/Chihuahua mixes are eligible for this service. There is a suggested donation of either $5 or a 5 pound bag of dog food for each animal. There is NO additional cost to the pet owner and each animal will be given a rabies vaccine. Consistently the most frequently surrendered or abandoned dogs that end up in the Springdale shelter are these two breeds. In 2011 a total of 1869 dogs were taken in by the shelter. Unfortunately 740 were destroyed, mostly because there were not enough adoptive homes for them.
Keely’s Fund and Colorado Animal Rescue Express will each provide $1000 and approximately 45 animals will be altered.Appointments are available on a first come first serve basis while funds last by calling 479-756-1100. Residents must show proof of residency in the city of Springdale by bringing in a copy of a lease agreement, water or other utility bill or similar documentation.
Auction Animals - Purchased for $1 / Dog
On March 13, 2012, C.A.R.E. contributed to the spay and neuter of 23 dogs recently purchased for a $1 each from a Wheaton, MO dog auction. Twenty-four dogs were purchased, but one passed away before it could get to safety.
The animals saved are 18 beagles, 2 puggles, 1 pekingese, 1 chihuahua, and 1 shih tzu. All of these breeder released dogs will be altered by Spay - Neuter Kansas City prior to going to rescue groups for proper placement.
There were no bids for these animals, and our rescue contact was able to purchase them for a $1 / each. We don't want to think what would have happened to them otherwise.
Thank you for donating funds to C.A.R.E. to support our spay and neuter efforts!
SPAY/NEUTER ON THE RESERVATIONS, March 2012
A team of twelve Soul Dog Rescue and For Pets Sake Humane Society volunteers traveled to Shiprock, NM and Towaoc, CO to perform spay/neuter clinics on the Ute and Navajo Indian Reservations on March 9, 10 and 11. It was a very successful weekend, with 187 animals spayed/neutered, and 19 transferred back to the Denver-area for adoption. There were 71 surgeries completed in Towaoc and 116 sterilization procedures performed in Shiprock.
Due to the high need for spay/neuter services, and the overpopulation problem on the
reservation, the upcoming May clinic already has a waitlist of over 700 animals.
C.A.R.E. contributed almost $600 for anesthesia drugs and surgical supplies for this clinic. We also helped with the gas to move the animals back to safety with rescues and shelters in the Denver area. C.A.R.E. is very committed to curbing pet overpopulation on Indian reservations. These pictures are from the clinic and also some photos of the dogs that roam the reservation fighting for food and survival. All of the pictures were taken by Soul Dog Rescue volunteer, Angela Cerci of New Mexico.
PUPPIES GALORE - March 2012
Words can't express my appreciation to you and C.A.R.E. for your donation toward the puppies we recently took in. There are four litters.....1) pit bull/beagle mix total of 9 that were transported from Thousand Palms Humane Society because they were to be euthanized 2) heeler/border collie mix total of 8 that were delivered by heeler owned by homeless man in Crawford 3) two litters of border collie/labradoodle mix a total of 13 in one and 9 in the other that also belonged to a homeless man who doesn't spay his three female border collies. That's 39 puppies now at Black Canyon Animal Sanctuary under the age of 10 weeks.
Every year at this time we get border collie mix puppies from near the trash transfer station. Another homeless man living in his truck doesn't spay and neuter his border collies. This is two of the litters that are 5 weeks old. The garbage sorters snatch them up when they come looking for food and bring them to BCAS. This has been going on for 7 years now. The photo below the first is the last 9 that were brought a week later. That makes 22 this year and a total of 97 in 7 years. Crazy! The man does not feed his dogs....all they get is roadkill. We are looking at ways to get the man to spay/neuter his animals so this problem does not continue.
Your donation of $325 will go toward the purchase of distemper/parvo vaccine, syringes, puppy training pads and miscellaneous supplies for them.
As the puppies are adopted we get the state mandated $50 spay/neuter deposit from each owner which is fully refundable upon proof of spay. We have a follow up system whereby we contact the owner to remind them to spay by 6 mos of age and continue followup until the procedure takes place.
Enjoy these puppy photos.....and again, thank you!
Debbie Faulkner Black Canyon Animal Sanctuary 42528 Needle Rock Rd. Crawford, CO 81415
Hoarder Dog Offspring - Feb. 2012
Thank you for spay/neuter assistance!Here's photos of the litter of 11 great pyrenees/husky/shepherd mix pups from Oklahoma. These 11 pups came from Oklahoma at 5 weeks of age. Their mother was one of 50 dogs involved in a hoarding case. The Humane Society of the US stepped in and placed 49 of the adults dogs with rescues (we have two of them). The last dog of the group named Ghost escaped from animal control, went back to the property and was bred by a neighboring Great Pyrenees. She had 11 pups under a trailer on the property, the pups were caught but to date mother has continued to elude capture.
Debbie Faulkner Black Canyon Animal Sanctuary 42528 Needle Rock Rd. Crawford, CO 81415
RUNNING DOG RANCH
In December 2011, C.A.R.E. started a relationship with Running Dog Ranch in Dolores, CO. Running Dog Ranch provides homes and medical care to homeless animals in the Four Corners area. C.A.R.E. contributed $50 each to the surgeries of these 4 beautiful dogs. Procedures were performed at the La Plata County Humane Society In Durango.
Placerville, Co Spay/Neuters
On 4/19/2011, C.A.R.E. paid to have 9 pups with FOR THE LUV OF DOGS spayed and neutered in Placerville, Co (outside of Telluride). Their mother, Penny, was found as a stray on a northern Arizona Indian Reservation. Deb Eaton rescued her and brought the very pregnant dog back to her home. Penny delivered 9 beautiful puppies last November - only Daisy looks like her mom out of the whole litter. Adoptions are very slow in this area and Deb is still searching for perfect families for these kids. If interested, please call her at 970-369-1471.
HOPE4FUZIEFANIEZ SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC Rescue friend, Tami Walden, started Hope4FuzieFaniez in 2005.She opened her home to abandoned dogs, cats, horses and bunnies and built a shelter on her ranch property.Located close to the Pawnee National Grasslands near the Colorado/Wyoming border, Hope4FuzieFaniez organized a spay/neuter clinic where 57 animals were neutered by Dr. Welsh of Fort Collins Spay/Neuter.Dr. Welsh brought his mobile unit on August 28 – 29, 2010 and stayed two full days to complete all the procedures.C.A.R.E. kicked in $15 to the first 40 people that signed up for the spay/neuter clinic.
Residents of Hereford and Grover Colorado as well as families in Pine Bluffs and Carpenter Wyoming brought their animals to Hope4FuzieFaniez’s location at assigned times.These areas are very rural and most families are just getting by.With C.A.R.E.’s help and Dr. Welsh’s generosity to discount the service to a very affordable fee, many families were able to get their first pet sterilized ever.
Thank you Tami and Hope4FuzieFaniez volunteers.Dr. Welsh – you were introduced to me as Superman- and that in deed you are.Thank you to your team too that recognizes the need to get out to the rural areas where there is little education on the necessity to spay/neuter and making it affordable and convenient to the residents.
Now, let’s see some pictures of this exciting clinic: (Please click on any picture to enlarge it.)
The event on August 28-29 was the 3rd organized by Hope4FuzieFaniez. So far the lives of 157 animals have been enhanced through these clinics. Another one is scheduled in October and C.A.R.E. will be donating $15 toward the first 30 people who sign up to bring in their animals for sterilization.
Pictured below are some of the beautiful animals seeking new homes at Hope4FuzieFaniez. Many will stay with Tami for the rest of their lives because of their special needs. All of the dogs and cats in rescue/sanctuary are receiving loving care and yes, have become quite spoiled like they deserve!
DIVINE FELINE SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC
On June 29, 2010, we observed a spay/neuter clinic for feral cats held in a mobile unit in Denver.Divine Feline’s mobile animal surgical unit, affectionately known as “The Beast”, was parked in a residential neighborhood where feral cats were trapped earlier in the morning in a nearby ally.Fourteen cats were trapped, sterilized, and recovered for a day or two at offsite location where they could be monitored.Once ready for release, they are released back to their colony and voluntary caregivers.
According to the website www.Divinefeline.org , the purpose of Divine Feline is to promote the health and welfare of feral cat populations and to reduce their suffering through the practice of spay/neuter.Every year cats are abandoned and produce feral offspring.The number of feral cats in the Denver area is estimated at 125,000.Trap/neuter/return (TNR) is the most effective and humane program for the reduction of feral cat populations, and spay/neuter sterilization prevents the perpetuation offuture generations of feral cats.While under anesthesia, cats receive vaccines, have their ears clipped for identification, and their teeth are observed.In this clinic, one cat came in needing 3 extractions and C.A.R.E. Jake’s Fund contributed to the surgery that will be done at a veterinary practice. Last, cats with infectious diseases or illnesses requiring extensive veterinary care are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and are oftentimes humanely euthanized rather than released. Feral kittens under the age of eight weeks are removed from their colonies, socialized by foster parents, then placed in homes or shelters when they become adoptable.
On July 1, C.A.R.E. made a $400 contribution to Divine Feline to help cover the spay/neuter of 20 cats at their next clinic (20 cats @$20/each).Clinics are held at locations very close to the feral colonies.Divine Feline is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to TNR ( trap, neuter, and return) of feral cats in Colorado.
Spay/Neuter on Navajo Reservation
In late February 2010, C.A.R.E. donated funds to help control the pet overpopulation crisis on a New Mexico Navajo reservation. In this area, 70% unemployment exists and most people do not understand the necessity or have the funds to sterilize their pets. Dogs and cats roam freely and reproduce...and then are reproducing again and again.
C.A.R.E.'s donation has been earmarked to help Cedar Animal Medical Center in Gallup, New Mexico sterilize 20 dogs and 10 cats that belong to families living on the reservation. Our rescue contact is a school teacher on the reservation who is working diligently to educate the students on proper pet care. C.A.R.E.'s spay/neuter brochure is being distributed in the school and on the reservation as well.
Getting the animals to the vet is a lot of work. C.A.R.E. is also helping with some of the gas costs for getting animals picked up (sometimes trapped) and taken back and forth to the vet. The Humane Society, 60 miles away, is also available to sterilize animals on the reservation and has an additional spay/neuter program in place.
Hoof and Paw Spay/Neuter Event On December 5, 2009, Hoof and Paws Rescue arranged a spay/neuter event in the West End of Montrose County in Colorado.C.A.R.E. teamed with Hoof and Paw, Planned Pethood Plus(PPP), and discount vouchers from The Montrose Animal Protection Agency(MAPA) to sterilize 69 animals and vaccinate 11 more animals. Detailed below is what Shirley Miller, Secretary/Treasurer of Hoof and Paw reported: We had a fun, successful day on Saturday! It was a long day, with a 7:30am start and the clean-up finishing at 8:30pm. Some of the group members and one of the volunteers were there for the full 13 hours - ! - along with the Planned Pethood Plus veterinary team that came in with a mobile unit and set up operations in a church. Amongst the volunteers were three High School students who had shown an interest in veterinary medicine. Everyone who wanted to have the opportunity to watch the vet perform operations (which is something PPP actually encourage) and the students, several pet owners and volunteers took a turn at observing. (Nobody passed out!).
The response we had to the event was higher than expected: we had people contact us right up to Friday evening to ask for an appointment, and we had some who just turned up on the day. We agreed with the PPP veterinarian who said "We don't turn anyone away", so we didn't. Every animal that came in was operated on, and the animals and the community here in the West End of Montrose County are better off today than they were on Friday!
A total of 69 animals were spayed or neutered - cat spays:23, cat neuters:22, dog spays:11, dog neuters:11. We also had 11 animals that came in just for vaccinations. This has been a learning experience for all of us: we didn't know that this event would be so popular, nor that the majority of animal owners would qualify for the MAPA discount - we expected the original CARE funding would be fully used on those whose income was too high to qualify for MAPA, and we really appreciated the revised distribution of the funds to include every pet who came in. (This is a great place to live, but there is little in the way of employment opportunity and what employment there is tends to be low paid).
There has been enthusiastic support for this event throughout the community, reflected by the number of positive comments we have received, and the number of people who volunteered to help.
We are so grateful for the funding provided by CARE. We know that this area is low income and that pet owners often can't afford the cost of a spay/neuter operation at the vet clinic. On top of that, the nearest clinic is 25 - 45 miles away (depending on where one lives in the West End) and it is sometimes difficult for pet owners to afford two round trips in one day and/or to take time off work. Hoof & Paw believesthat many of the animals altered on Saturday would not have had an operation at all if it hadn't been for the PPP clinic coming to their locality and having the cost discounted by CARE. Thank you!
The waiting room
Extra waiting room for big dogs
Milo, Oscar & Dewey, 3 little brothers in recovery
The vet team at work
The biggest dog with the smallest dog in recovery
The vet at work
Volunteers in the recovery room
Peanut in recovery
Volunteer in the recovery room
Please enjoy this short video on Spay/Neuter for your pets! It delivers an important message to all dog and cat parents.