Frugal Low Cost Spay & Neuter Programs
I've often mentioned we have feral cats at my home that I feed. When we moved in there was mamma, pappa & 7 babies.
These feral cats would love to be inside. I think the mamma cat was the previous home-owners' son's cat and they moved off and left her. Isn't that mean?
When we looked at the house, she was here and pregnant. By the time we took possession of the house, Pam was still here and I could tell she was nursing kittens. Pam was sooooo thin and would stand at our back patio doors and meow FOREVER begging for something to eat.
I couldn't take her away and I couldn't let her starve or her kittens, so she stayed. I paid to get her and all her kittens fixed. Pappa John figured out something was up and ran away three days before his appointment!
Prevent a litter. Fix your critter!
I gave away as many of the babies as I could find homes for and am left with Pam and her twins. I figure they were a liability that came with the house, and it's my responsibility to take care of them.
The small town I live in does not have animal control, there are feral cats every where. When my aunt was still living she fed close to 20 cats on her deck that were feral. She actually lived in town. We live about 2 miles outside of town.
Her ferals had all kinds of problems. Almost all the males had one back leg that was bad. Most of the females are polydactyls. Most all of them had runny noses and eyes. I'm sure these problems were due to inter-breeding, and breeding way too young.
The two gas stations in town, both have mammas that live there and the owners of the stations feed them the left over fish and chicken that does not sell so they don't starve. The one station's mamma had 4 babies last year. One of the babies took up residence at the station across the street. A few weeks ago she had 4 OR 5 kittens! Nothing will be done, they will grow up and keep inter-breeding and multiplying.
When I go to the station in the evenings to get gas, they are all sitting outside the storage building where apparently they live under. When you try to approach them they scatter like mad! I tried to get a picture of them, but they didn't oblige.
I feel pet owners should be more responsible for their pets.
There are programs & clinics where you can get your animals fixed, their shots, declawed, etc. for a low cost rate. Depending upon the situation, sometimes it can even be done for free. Mine cost me $15 per cat for them to be sterilized and their shots. I chose to not get them declawed.
The program I went through was called No More Homeless Pets KC. No More Homeless Pets is a nationwide movement to bring about a time when homeless, unwanted animals are no longer being destroyed in shelters, and when every healthy dog or cat can be guaranteed a good life in a caring home.
The NMHP FixKC clinics are offered for people who are financially disadvantaged and/or individuals who are dealing with feral or stray cats, or large populations of cats. Individuals must qualify for the FixKC Cat Clinics and appointments are required.
The clinics are in high demand and the appointment books fill quickly.
There are several clinics in the Kansas City Missouri/Kansas area that offer discount services also. No More Homeless Pets KC has them all listed.
There are also low cost vaccination & microchip clinics. To find out more go HERE. For other states, just google No More Homeless Pets to find locations in your area. I know Utah, Florida, Atlanta, Las Vegas, South Carolina, and New Mexico have big organizations. I'm sure there are more. Ask a local veterinarian for your closest location.
Prevent a litter. Fix your critter!
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