The Feral/barn Cat Program is $25.00 per cat in Momence and includes the spay/neuter, rabies vaccine, ear tip and pain medication.
**The feral/barn cat program is open to all outdoor feral and barn cats. The cat will receive an ear tip to identify that it was spayed/neutered. Ear tipping is vital for identification and can save the animals life. If an ear tipped cat is caught by animal control agencies they will know that the cat comes from a managed colony and the cat can then be returned to the caretaker.
Why are there so many feral cats?
Feral cats are the ‘wild’ offspring of domestic cats and are the result of pet owners’ abandonment or failure to spay and neuter their animals, leading to uncontrolled breeding. Feral cat ‘colonies’ can be found in urban, rural and even areas quite remote from human dwellings. They are elusive and do not trust humans.
The general myth holds that domesticated animals will survive when returned to the “wild”. However, contrary to popular belief, domestic animals do not automatically return to their “natural” instincts and cannot fend for themselves! All too often a stray suffers a violent ending, or a slow painful death – all alone. Many “throwaways” die mercilessly outdoors from starvation, disease and abuse.
Why is it important to spay/neuter my cat?
Benefits of Spaying and Neutering
- Sterilized cats live longer healthier lives
- Sterilized cats do not roam as much or spray to mark their territory
- Sterilizing cats will ultimately save the community money by reducing the burden on local shelters
- A single unsterilized female cat can produce hundreds of kittens in her lifetime.
Why do so many cats need our help?
- Cats are prolific breeders
- Females have 3 litters per year with an average of 4 kittens per litter
- Thousands of cats are abandoned each year many to the streets