HYDE PARK - The Dutchess County SPCA is pleased to announce that its 2013 World Spay Day efforts were a huge success with 126 feral cats being spayed or neutered during the month of February 2013.
In recognition of World Spay Day, the Dutchess County SPCA, along with Hudson Valley Animal Rescue and 14 local veterinarians offered free spay/neuter of feral cats. The cats were trapped in communities throughout Dutchess County by volunteers who help manage feral cat colonies and by property owners concerned for the well-being of free roaming cats on their properties. Each cat was provided with a Rabies vaccination. A NYS licensed veterinarian performed the surgery. They notched the cats’ ears and tattooed their surgical scars. This identifies them as cats that have been spayed or neutered.
Feral cats do not have an owner responsible for their medical care. If cats are not spayed or neutered, the population of a wild cat colony can quickly soar. Providing feral cats with rabies vaccinations protects all animals from the spread of disease.
"This is our second year hosting World Spay Day. We are grateful to our partners: Hudson Valley Animal Rescue, A.C.E. Veterinary Hospital, Ark Animal Hospital, Arlington Animal Hospital, Beekman Animal Hospital, Billings Animal Hospital, Companion Pet Hospital of Fishkill, Compassion Veterinary Health Care Center, Country Comfort Animal Hospital, Countryside Animal Hospital; Dutchess County Animal Hospital; Harlem Valley Animal Clinic, Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital, Rhinebeck Animal Hospital, and Valley Veterinary Hospital and our own Dr. Elizabeth Higgins who volunteered some of her time. Without their help, we could not have taken care of so many cats," stated DCSPCA shelter manager, Sherry Taylor.
The DCSPCA raised the funds to cover the cost of the 72 surgeries performed at the shelter’s two low-cost medical clinics through private donations and with the generous support of the ASPCA. Partnering veterinarians donated an additional 54 surgeries.
The Dutchess County SPCA, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, is the lead agency for animal rescue and adoption in Dutchess County. The DCSPCA is a no-kill shelter with a 142-year history of concern, caring and providing shelter for unwanted, abused, abandoned and neglected animals. The Dutchess County SPCA rescues, shelters, and secures permanent homes for adoptable companion animals; advocates for the highest standards of animal care; and enforces animal cruelty laws throughout Dutchess County.