As you all may know, I feed of a couple stray cats on a regular basis. One is a male and one a female, recently the female had kittens. She's the sweetest cat (although a little wild) you could ever meet and seems to be a really good momma, but as you know there are way too many strays in the world and the pet population needs to be controlled. I decided to find some place to have her neutered so she can live her life out without having to provide for kittens. That's when I found S.A.A.F. (Springfield Animal Advocacy Foundation). I've drawn some of the info in this article from their website. You can tell by the italics.
They are a non-profit organization with a goal: SAAFhouse is Missouri’s first Humane Alliance model spay/neuter clinic, providing the highest quality services at the lowest cost...
From my experience they are meeting that goal. They have a very professional staff and a nice clean facility. They take care of cats and dogs at reasonable costs and minimal hassle. After seeing this place and the operation I'm sure they are going to be on my donate list for years to come.
They have some very specific rules when it comes to bringing your pet or stray in and want you to follow those rules for the safety of the animals, the staff and the caretakers.
They use the TNR (Trap Neuter Return) method for feral cats. Cats are fixed, vaccinated, eartipped (the universal symbol of a fixed and vaccinated cat), and returned to their outdoor home. It's been found that if you try to remove the feral population completely it causes "the vacuum effect" Other cats will simply move in to take advantage of the food source.
One of those rules is "feral cats must be brought to the clinic in a catch and release trap. By using a catch-and-release trap the cat does not have to be handled, no injury can be inflicted on the caretakers, and the cat avoids the stress of being forced into a carrier. The cat is given an injection through the bars of the trap prior to surgery. It is not possible to do this with a standard cat carrier."
You rent the trap for a refundable fee. In my case, the kitty I'm taking care of is friendly and I was able to just put her in the trap the night before I was ready to transport her. (you have to withhold food/water overnight) I also brought a regular cat crate along so while she's still under anesthesia they will place her in it for me to bring home. I left the trap there which saved me a trip back. They will spay or neuter feral cats at a reduced rate.
My overall experience with these folks is they are kind, caring and compassionate and deserve some credit for taking care of a problem that is everyone's responsibility. Spay and Neuter your Pets!
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