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September 15, 2008

Feral Cat Day

In honor of National Feral Cat Day on Thursday, Oct. 16, the Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-A-Pet will hold a $5 spay/neuter day for feral and stray cats in Miami-Dade County.

   This will be the official kickoff for a year-long program dedicated to vaccinating and spaying/neutering the free-roaming cats of our community. Many thanks go out to the Swienton Family
Charitable Foundation for their $10,000 donation to the program.

   "Feral cats are the same species as companion cats, but they live outdoors in family groups and have never been socialized to people,'' said Emily Marquez-Dulin, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. "As an organization that is dedicated to ending pet overpopulation, unless we sterilize the animals that live freely in the community we will not be able to make a dent in the cat overpopulation that is prominent in Miami-Dade County.''

   National Feral Cat Day was inaugurated in 2001 by Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for feral and stray cats. Alley Cat Allies is the foremost authority on a program called TNR, Trap-Neuter-Return, a humane method of care that improves the lives of outdoor cats. With Trap-Neuter-Return, outdoor cats are humanely trapped and brought to a veterinarian to be evaluated, spayed or neutered and
vaccinated. Cats that have undergone the procedure are eartipped - a small portion of the left ear is removed for identification.

   To celebrate National Feral Cat Day, residents can humanely trap and transport cats to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and eartipped at the North Miami Beach location, 16101 West Dixie Highway or the Cutler Bay clinic, 10700 SW 211th St.

   "Trap-Neuter-Return has the added benefit of ending the stresses and behaviors associated with breeding and makes the cats happier, healthier, and better neighbors,'' said Cindy Hewitt, Free-Roaming Cat Program Coordinator.

   To schedule an appointment … maximum two; additional cats will be accommodated if space permits … call 305-696-0800. To borrow traps and learn more about trapping, please call Cat Network at
305-255-3482.

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