COLORADO SPRINGS – The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) is hoping to spay and neuter 100 unowned cats in the community on October 24.
This is a one-day event part of the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program to help prevent cat overpopulation in the area. HSPPR says it will accept all feral and community cats during the event and the cost is free.
This includes any friendly feline that doesn’t have an owner but is maybe fed by neighbors, the feral offspring of a cat that lives in the neighborhood or barn or outdoor cats that live on your property but don’t belong to you.
However, all cats spayed and neutered will be ear-tipped with no exceptions.
The program was developed due to the average number of litters a fertile cat produces, which is one to two a year with the average number of kittens being 4-6 per litter. The mass sterilization event is also in honor of National Feral Cat Day.
There are no appointments necessary, just be one of the first 100 people to bring a feral or community cat through the doors. People are asked to go directly to the Whiskers and Wags Training center at the northwest corner of the building at 610 Abbot Lane.
The hours will be from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on October 24. Cats will be picked up during the same hours on Thursday, October 25.
Cats in the Trap-Neuter-Return program are trapped, spayed or neutered then returned to their original location, as this is the only proven method to gradually decrease the total number of cats in one area, but also lower the number of cats and kittens contributing to overpopulation, according to HSPPR.
To find out more on the program, click here.