CCAW Desperately Needs Your Help.
BE A FOSTER PARENT.
SAVE A FURRY LITTLE LIFE!
CCAW is in desperate need of temporary foster caretakers. Until our shelter is up and running, every call we get or dog or cat brought to our front doors is a potential crisis when our small handful of current fosters are filled up.
If you are willing to be a dog or cat foster on a temporary basis, please let us know, and thank you.
While donations are always appreciated, our biggest need right now is for safe and friendly homes and yards to temporarily house a dog or cat until its owner (often dogs get loose or lost) or a new adopter is found. CCAW can provide food and necessities.
Do You Need to Trap, Neuter, and Release (TNR) Colony or Feral Cats?
Here's how CCAW can help you!
When Color Country Animal Welfare (CCAW) first organized, it had an original goal to reduce the population of feral cats in Wayne County and the surrounding area. That mission was based on a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program for feral or ‘community’ cats, but it has grown to include affordable spaying and neutering of pet cats. In addition, the mission also grew to include an affordable way to fix dogs.
Many people know of someone who may have had one feral cat, or a small group or colony of feral cats that were meant to control mice and rodents around their farm. Eventually one or two cats grew into a lot of cats, then too many cats. The CCAW volunteers learned from organizations like Best Friends and the Humane Society that there are humane ways to reduce the growth of those cat colonies. That is where TNR comes in.
When someone contacts CCAW about a cat colony that is growing out of control, CCAW helps the owner or caregiver of that colony safely trap the cats. CCAW then provides the caregiver an affordable way to get them fixed and vaccinated against diseases, like rabies, then returned to their colony where they can continue hunting mice and chipmunks but not reproduce any more. Importantly, fixing a cat does not reduce that natural urge to hunt. However, it can mellow out a cat’s behavior around people and other cats.
Second, the traps are ‘locked open’ and the caregiver feeds the cats for five to seven days only in the traps. This gets the cats used to going in and out of the traps to eat at the same time every day.
Third, the caregiver makes an appointment with the local veterinarian (Dr. Jake at the Fremont River Veterinary Clinic in Lyman, for instance).
Fourth, the day before the appointment with Dr. Jake, the traps are ‘unlocked and set’ and food is placed inside as usual.
Fifth, the cats are then easily trapped with a minimal amount of trauma.
Sixth, the caregiver keeps the cats safe and warm overnight and then takes them, still in their trap/cages, to the vet appointment the next day.
Lastly, after the surgery, the cats are brought back home, kept safe and warm in their cages again that night, and then released the next day to get back to their business. The traps are then returned to CCAW.
CCAW has helped trap and fix over 950 cats and helped many people in the area control their cat populations with TNR, proving that it is a safe and reliable process.
CCAW’s TNR program is available to anyone who wants to control the number of cats they have. CCAW in return asks for a donation of $10 per cat to help cover the cost of the surgical procedure and the vaccinations, although larger donations are gratefully accepted. In the case where a caregiver might have difficulty in trapping the cats or transporting them to and from the vet, CCAW volunteers can help with that, too.
If you have a group or a colony of cats that you want to stop growing, or you have one cat that you don’t want making more babies, give us a call at (435)491-2050 and you will be directed to CCAW’s TNR or spay/neuter program volunteer.
For additional information, call CCAW at (435)491-2050, or click here to contact us by email.
Our mission is to reduce the number of stray cats and dogs in the Wayne County area and to advocate for the welfare of all animals.
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