Lakes Animal Friendship Society participated in a new and innovative partnership with the BC SPCA and the Burns Lake Veterinary Clinic.
We tackled the issue of cat overpopulation in “community cat” colonies around the Burns Lake area. These colonies arise when abandoned, lost or even owned cats that are not spayed or neutered continually multiply. Most of these cats live very short and brutal lives, and our project aims to break that cycle. We hope the project will provide a model for other communities! There is contact information for all three groups in the attached media release.
In just over a year, LAFS volunteers have worked with the superheroes at the Burns Lake Veterinary Clinic to help over 400 community cats. Volunteers caught the cats one by one and took them to the veterinary clinic. At the clinic, the vet checked their health, and spayed or neutered the cats. They were vaccinated against diseases as well.
In 2015, the Lakes Animal Friendship Society worked with the Burns Lake Veterinary Clinic and the community of Tachet to help community cats there. This project was a partnership with the BC SPCA, through their Community Cat Spay/Neuter grant program.
Feral Cat: a cat that has had little or no contact with humans since it was born
Stray Cat: a cat that has been abandoned or has ‘strayed’ from home and become lost. These cats can often be rehomed when someone is willing to take the time to re-socialize them
Community Cat Colony: a group of cats living in one place in the outdoors—a colony can include feral and stray cats
Caregiver: a person who looks after an outdoor feral cat colony and provides
regular food, water and shelter
Neuter: the surgery done by a veterinarian to a male cat so he can no longer
Spay: the surgery done by a veterinarian to a female cat so she can no
Ear-tip or Tipped Ear: a universal symbol where the tip of the left ear of a community cat is removed during the cat’s spay or neuter surgery. This helps people see from a distance if a cat is spayed or neutered and vaccinated
Socialize or Tame: the process of teaching a cat how to be comfortable and happy to live with humans in an indoor home
TNR: “Trap, Neuter, Return” community cats are safely caught, spayed or neutered to prevent more litters, vaccinated and ear-tipped—then returned to their original location where caregivers can provide food, water and shelter for the cat colonies and monitor their health
Vaccinations: injections that help prevent diseases