Beckoning Cat Project, a local group based in the Montoursville area, is pleased with the success of their recent low cost spay/neuter clinic.
"We had over 30 cats and already have close to 30 on a list for our next clinic even though we don't yet have a date set," said BCP's director, Kerry Perry. "We are so grateful to the wonderful people at Animal Care Sanctuary located in East Smithfield. Dr. Smith and vet tech, Jill, have been instrumental in all of our clinics, helping us in our mission to control the feral and stray cat populations in our communities."
Many have stray cats in their area but aren't aware of the "ear-tipping" process.
Stray and feral cats are trapped, they are then spayed or neutered, given a physical exam and rabies shot and one ear is then "tipped."
The cats are then returned to where they were first trapped. There must be a caretaker available for the cats.
Tipping is a process where the tip of one ear is removed so altered cats are more readily identified.
If a cat is seen with this characteristic, you should let the cat be, unless obviously starving or in distress.
They should not be trapped again.
Even if you don't like cats, TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return) ear tipped cats have an important job to do in keeping the neighborhood a nice place to live.
Studies have shown that just by being there they will prevent other cats from moving into the area and because they are fixed, there will be no more kittens.
Cats also naturally help to control the rodent population.
Like other rescue organizations, Beckoning Cat Project always is in need of support.
Their clinics are staffed solely by volunteers and by Animal Care Sanctuary.
There is a cost for the spay and neuter surgery, rabies shot and an administration fee.
Consider sponsoring a cat or several cats for future clinics.
Humane traps also are needed and can be purchased at Tractor Supply near the Lycoming Mall or on the Internet.
Since BCP?is not a shelter, the organization is limited in the number of cats that can be brought in for re-homing. Foster families are relied on to care for cats until a permanent home can be found.
Currently BCP has about 20 cats of all ages and they are looking for homes.
If interested in helping with the Beckoning Cat Project or to make a tax deductible donation, contact Perry at 570-971-4592, email firstname.lastname@example.org and BCP on Facebook.