The Beckoning Cat Project announced that it has opened a new, full-time low cost spay and neuter facility for cats at 1417 E. Third St., with office hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The new clinic will make low-cost spay and neutering services available to the residents of Lycoming County and all of the surrounding communities. There are no income or geographic limitations.
"We'd like to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Welch DVM, who has 20 years of experience as a veterinarian, with a primary focus on cats," said Kerry Perry, director of the Beckoning Cat Project. "All cats are welcome, from the trapped neighborhood ferals to personal house cats. We will be starting an active trap, neuter and return (TNR) program in March. Anyone who traps a cat can bring it in to be spayed and neutered and they won't have to wait for a monthly or semi-annual clinic. We will be starting to register colonies and will also be able to help with the feeding of some of those colonies with the help of Walmart's generous donation of cat food."
TNR is the trapping of stray and feral cats, they are then spayed or neutered, given a physical exam and rabies shot and one ear is then "tipped."
Tipping is a process where the tip of one ear is removed so altered cats are more readily identified. The cats are then returned to where they were first trapped. There must be a caretaker available for the cats.
If you see a cat with this characteristic, you should let the cat be, unless obviously starving or in distress.
Once cats are fixed, they will be less of a nuisance to the neighborhood as they do not roam, have territorial fights or spray like they do when unaltered. There also will be no more kittens. Cats also naturally help to control the rodent population.
Pet cats living indoors will not be ear tipped.
Below are some of the items needed for the facility:
Regular reams of paper
Letter size envelopes
The organization also is in great need of a washer and dryer, new or used, and a used minivan for trapping and transporting. A donation of a permanent sign would be greatly appreciated as well.
Volunteers will be needed for the TNR efforts to trap, transport and return the cats, as well as for registering colonies and delivering food. A volunteer meeting will be held in February.
Beckoning Cat Project also will be participating in the Raise the Region fundraising event in March.
To schedule a spay or neuter or would like to volunteer, contact Kerry Perry at 570-971-4592, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Beckoning Cat Project also can be found on Facebook.