Recently Beckoning Cat Project sponsored a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in Lycoming County for cats.
Animal Care Sanctuary from East Smithfield provided the veterinary services. The focus is on strays, barn cats and ferals.
"Many of the cats that were scheduled weren't able to be caught that day which confirms the need for a regular presence so we aren't dealing with the luck of catching the cat on a specific day," said Kerry Perry, director of the Beckoning Cat Project. "We are looking for access to a larger venue so we can do more cats as we are currently limited by space.
We are also organizing another clinic tentatively scheduled for sometime in September."
It is estimated that the number of cats that one fertile breeding pair and their offspring can produce in seven years is 420,000.
Ultimately, the goal would be to have a full-time low cost spay/neuter clinic available so the cats can be treated as they are trapped.
They are in need of more volunteers that are interested in doing the actual trapping, as well as the donation of more traps or funds to help cover the cost of spay/neuters for the ferals.
There often are more than 20 cats in a problem area and even with the low cost clinic many people cannot afford to address this serious problem. This normally starts with a good intentioned person feeding one starving stray and in a very short time it becomes overwhelming as the kittens begin to show up.
If you are going to feed a stray be sure to spay that stray, quickly.
The Beckoning Cat Project was recently formed due to the huge need in our area. They are working to implement a TNR program. TNR, or Trap, Neuter and Return, is the humane trapping of feral cats.
The females are spayed, males neutered and they are provided with a rabies vaccine, after which they are returned to where they were first caught. One ear is also 'tipped' so the cats that have already been altered are more easily identified.
Ferals are cats that are totally unsocialized and do not want contact with people.
The main goal of Beckoning Cat Project is not to be yet another shelter with hundreds of cats looking for homes.
The real solution is to stop them from reproducing in the first place and BCP believes this is the best place to start.
However, we do have cats, from kittens to seniors, who currently are living with foster families and are available for adoption.
If you or someone you know would be interested in helping with this group or would like to make a donation, contact Kerry Perry at 971-4592, email firstname.lastname@example.org and find them on Facebook.