The Springfield Trap-Neuter-Return Project is a cooperative effort sponsored by the WAG Spay/Neuter Clinic and the City of Springfield to spay and neuter the free-roaming cats of the area codes 97477 and 97478 in an effort to reduce their numbers and their nuisance value.
I HAVE TOO MANY STRAY CATS IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD. WHAT CAN I DO?
If you have only a few, and can handle them, call the WAG Clinic at 541-345-3566 to make arrangements to have them spayed and neutered. Along with their surgery, they will receive flea and ear mite treatment, FVRCP (distemper) and rabies shots, and an eartip FOR FREE. If an eartip is not desirable, spay or neuter with flea treatment only is offered FOR FREE. Proof of residence in 97477 or 97478 is required at check-in. PLEASE—THOSE OF YOU FEEDING THAT ONE STRAY CAT—BRING IT IN SOON. As early as February, you may have six cats instead of one.
Transport to the WAG Clinic is available if needed.
If some or all of the cats are wild (feral) and need to be trapped, call the STNR Hotline at 541-607-4271 and leave a callback number. Your call will be returned within 24 hours, and your situation analyzed. Help with trapping is available and FREE. (Of course, donations are gladly accepted!) Cats will be recovered at a Springfield recovery site and returned.
REMEMBER THAT THE “R” IN TNR IS FOR “RETURN.” Cats will not be removed unless they are deemed highly adoptable. Even kittens, at a certain (very young) age, may be too feral to adopt out. However, altered cats will not increase in number, and advice will be given about food and shelter. Spay and Neuter, besides eliminating reproduction, also eliminates many of the other nuisance factors associated with cats, such as fighting, yowling females in heat, and the strong smell of male urine.
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS ADVOCATING FOR FREE-ROAMING CATS IS “ALLEY CAT ALLIES.” Check out their website at alleycat.org and click on the Frequently Asked Questions. Find out about THE VACUUM EFFECT: WHY CATCH AND KILL DOESN’T WORK and HOW TO LIVE WITH CATS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.
Please consider helping out the long-neglected free-roaming cats of Springfield. This program has the full support of the City of Springfield, especially the Mayor and Animal Control. WAG is pleased to be part of this collaboration, and urges the citizens of Springfield to take part.
Please contact Charlotte Behm at 541-988-1990 or Charlotte@cluelessatthetop.com to find out how you can help with this important project.
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