Prevent . Adopt . Foster . Donate - Save Lives
Many families in our community can not afford to spay or neuter their beloved pets. Generous and compassionate people in our community are struggling to feed feral/wild cats that have come to them for food. Your donation will help spay and neuter family pets and feral cats in managed colonies.
Spay It Forward needs your support in order to continue our mission.
Please consider making a contribution to alleviate the population of unwanted companion animals.
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The Impact of Rescue Organizations
While Spay It Forward is working to prevent the "unwanted" in the future, we must help those that exist in the present.
Rescue groups take in owner surrenders and abandoned cats and dogs thus preventing them from ever entering animal control.
Rescue Groups raise their own funds privately, do not receive government funds and are almost all volunteers. Rescued dogs and cats are spayed/neutered and brought back to health by receiving vaccinations, proper diets and medical attention. Many are treated for malnutrition, heartworms, intestinal worms, fleas, ticks, ear mites, blood parasites, mange and other skin issues including allergies. Others are also given emergency treatment for Parvo and upper respiratory illnesses and provided surgery for broken bones, hip dysplasia, cruciate ligament disease and internal injuries.
Rescued animals are socialized, given basic obedience and house training. They are loved, rehabilitated, marketed and found responsible, loving homes. These animals are given back to our community as non-reproductive, loving family members who increase the quality of life for their families and do their part to help local economy through veterinarians, pet stores, boarding facilities, groomers and dog trainers.
Bless our area rescue groups, their volunteers and those who support them!
TNR, known as trap-neuter-return, is a humane, non-lethal way to control the feral/stray cat population. Feral/stray cats that are being managed (fed) are trapped and taken to a licensed veterinarian where they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, ear tipped and returned to the area from where they were trapped to recover and be released. This process allows them to live the rest of their lives in their original colony with out reproducing. Friendly cats and kittens are often taken into foster care by rescue groups for placement into adoptive homes.
Below is a good, basic video on TNR. It is not all-inclusive but is helpful in beginning the process. Watch the video on the link below BEFORE attempting to trap.
How To Trap Feral Cats - TNR - #FeralCatDay
Additional warnings not included in the video;
DO NOT LEAVE TRAPS IN DIRECT SUN LIGHT OR OUT IN EXTREME WEATHER.
If you trap and can not tell if the cat is male or female and to determine if you have trapped a nursing mom you can follow this procedure; Lift up the trap on one side with the cat in it and determine if the cat has elongated nipples or milk development. The cat might trash around in the trap during inspection so it is best to have two people in order to stabilize the trap during this step.
To apply for financial assistance for spay and neuter click on the Apply for Assistance tab on this website.
Spay It Forward does not offer trapping, recovering or placement of cats.
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P.O. Box 1210 . Concord North Carolina 28026