MAC Grant To Aid Local Homeless, Feral Cats
Oct 11, 2016 07:04AM
● By Theresa Gilman
(Editor's Note: this content was provided by the Lowell Humane Society.)
Lowell, MA – Thanks to a $1,500 grant from the Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC), Lowell Humane Society (LHS) will be able to continue its efforts in spaying and neutering stray cats and providing Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) services for community cats in partnership with local animal control officers. This funding will help prevent many unwanted litters of cats in our neighborhoods and have a direct impact on decreasing the number of homeless pets in our communities.
MAC is a statewide, non-profit organization comprising animal professionals and individual volunteers dedicated to decreasing the number of homeless, neglected, displaced and abused animals in Massachusetts. Through its annual “I’m Animal Friendly” license plates program, it disperses funds to humane organizations and municipal animal control agencies in the Commonwealth to provide low-cost spay/neuter services.
Collaborating with Lowell TNR Coalition and our local animal control officers, a regional effort is being made to improve the lives of stray or feral cats in the Greater Lowell area; primarily through TNR. TNR is the only method proven to humanely and effectively control the population of stray or feral cats. Cats in a colony are trapped, neutered and then returned to their territory where caretakers provide them with regular food and shelter.
With the help of the license plate grant, Lowell Humane Society and Lowell TNR are working with animal control officers to identify and sterilize cats in the Greater Lowell area. If you care for outdoor cats, please contact Lowell Humane Society or your animal control officer for details on assistance with TNR services for the animals you care for. While this particular grant does not cover owned pets, please contact Lowell Humane Society for details on other discount services to spay or neuter your pets. To learn more about spay/neuter services, please call Lowell Humane Society at 978-452-7781 or email at [email protected]
“We are excited to receive this grant from MAC” said Jill O’Connell, Executive Director of Lowell Humane Society, “the cats are out there and it feels good to be able to help when residents contact us for assistance. Without these grant funds, we would not be able to make such an impact for community cats.”
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reports that about 7.6 million animals are surrendered to shelters nationwide each year; sadly, 2.7 million of them are euthanized annually. Spaying and neutering is one of the most efficient and humane ways to decrease these numbers.
Besides reducing the homeless pet population, spaying and neutering has many other benefits, including health, behavior, and cost. According to the ASPCA, spaying female cats or dogs before their first heat cycle reduces their chances of uterine infections and breast cancer; neutering male cats or dogs before they are six months old decreases their risk of testicular cancer. Males who are neutered don’t roam in search of a mate, and dogs are more apt to focus on their family members, making their training easier. Finally, the cost of spaying and neutering is less than the cost of raising a litter of kittens and puppies.
To help support the effort to end pet overpopulation and homelessness in Massachusetts through low-cost spaying/neutering, LHS encourages all community members to purchase an “I’m Animal Friendly” license plate. The tax-deductible plates are available at local Registries of Motor Vehicles or at www.petplate.org.