FUNDING CANCELLED for HUMANE ALLIANCE Trap, Spay Return Program for Community Cats
Dear Friends, We at Brother Wolf wouldn’t normally reach out to you so soon after our year-end campaign, but we recently received some news that poses a real threat to the progress we have made together to build and sustain a true No-Kill community. We just learned from The Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic (which is now a program of the ASPCA) that they have cancelled funding for community cat spay/neuter in Asheville and Buncombe County for groups doing high volume TNR (trap/neuter/return.)
The funding had allowed us to spay and neuter community cats for free over the past few years. This is a big deal.
Community cats live outdoors, and are unsocialized and fearful of humans. Because of their fear, they aren’t “adoptable” in the traditional sense. When they end up in shelters, there is often no way out for them — other than euthanasia.
A few years ago when we were building our No-Kill programing around the needs of our community, we discovered that community cats were the #1 animal at risk in our local shelter system. We worked with animal control to stop picking up outdoor cats as routine work, and once we began to spay/neuter, vaccinate, and release them back into their managed territories, there was a noticeable decrease in the number of cats being brought into the shelter. The cat euthanasia rate dropped dramatically! TNR works!
In 2017, we spayed/neutered and vaccinated more than 300 community cats. With a standard 20% increase in the number of animals we expect to help in 2018, we’ll have to pay $9,600 to provide these services to community cats in Buncombe County this year, with the loss of our previous funding. Will you help us keep this life saving program for cats going?
Our Community Cat program doesn’t only spay and neuter cats out in the field. It also removes sick and injured cats from the street so we can provide emergency care to alleviate suffering, addresses a public health concern by giving each trapped cat a rabies vaccine, and places social kittens and cats into foster homes to ready them for adoption.
We can’t stop or slow down our work for community cats if we want to sustain the No-Kill status our community has achieved together. We simply can’t leave unaltered cats out in the field to reproduce or go without the care they need.
Please help us reach our goal of $9,600 by the end of this week. Our Community Cat program MUST continue its lifesaving work for cats in the areas we serve, and we CAN’T lose the progress we have made in building a true No Kill community.
Denise Bitz, President and Founder
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue
PS. You can follow our Community Cat Program work on Facebook here.