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May 30, 2010

One Less Excuse Not to Spay/Neuter Your Local Free-Range Felines




MIAMI, FL –  May 25, 2010--Thanks to the generosity of Dade Community Foundation, Florida Animal Friend, Park Foundation, and PetSmart Charities, Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-A-Pet is offering $5 spay/neuter surgeries for free roaming cats  in Miami-Dade County.


“Free roaming cats are a community wide issue, and the populations of owned pets and free roaming strays are intertwined.  Some kittens that are born outside are rescued and become pets; and sadly many pets are abandoned and left to fend for themselves on the streets,” said Cindy Hewitt, Free Roaming Cat Program Coordinator for the Humane Society of Greater Miami.  “The economic environment has made the problem even worse; the number of animals abandoned when their human family is evicted or foreclosed upon has increased dramatically.”


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.


 “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,” said Emily Marquez-Dulin, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami.


Residents can call 305-696-0800 to make appointments to have cats spayed or neutered, vaccinated and eartipped at the North Miami Beach location, 16101 West Dixie Highway or the Cutler Bay clinic located at 10700 SW 211th.  In addition, surgeries are also performed at Bravo Animal Health Center at 10901 SW 186 Street, Cutler Bay, on Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday, excluding holidays and vacations.  Call 305-234-9422 to verify they are doing surgeries before taking cats, but no appointment is necessary.


“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. 


To borrow traps and learn more about trapping, please call Cat Network at 305-255-3482. 


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