PLEASE TAKE 5 MINUTES FOR COMMUNITY CATS
Do you or does someone you know feed unowned cats? If so, please take a moment to complete our survey
Dear Friend of Community Spay-Neuter Clinic,
Community Spay-Neuter Clinic has been chosen to help measure the effectiveness of spay-neuter of Community Cats (feral, stray, barn) in reducing the number of unowned cats in Maine. With support from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation and Center for Wildlife Health Research, we have created a survey and want to hear from you.
YOUR INPUT IS CRITICAL AS WE CONSIDER WHERE SPAY-NEUTER IS WORKING and identify future needs for helping cats in Maine. Don't worry, this survey is anonymous, and we won't ask for identifying locations of cats you know about.
Please take 5 minutes to click on the Survey Link below and submit your answers, then share this email with friends and family. The more people we hear from the more accurate our survey will be!
After you have completed your survey, visit Community Spay-Neuter Clinic on Facebook, and send in pictures of your favorite Community Cat to become eligible to win any of our weekly photo contests.
Elizabeth, Nancy, Nancy, and the team at Community Spay-Neuter Clinic
Community Spay-Neuter Clinic of Freeport has become Maine's largest provider of affordable spay-neuter services in Maine. With over 17,000 dog and cat sterilizations in the past 4 1/2 years, we have helped thousands of low-income families have their pets fixed, and prevented hundreds, if not thousands, of unwanted litters. Providing free transport to Augusta, Waterville, Bangor and Thomaston, and offering mobile clinic services in other locations, our services are increasingly available to more economically disadvantaged regions of Maine.
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Doesn't everyone get their cat or dog spayed and neutered?
No. There are millions of healthy animals put to death each year in U.S. animal shelters because of unaltered cats and dogs and not enough homes for their offspring. Some people don't know this, or they don't recognize this is related to themselves or their pets.
People put off spay, neuter due to issues of money, transportation, or time. Some people believe it's more fair to allow the cat or dog to mate "just this once" — or they think a female pregnancy and offspring will be sweet or educational for their human children. Also, some people don't know that:
Pets can start mating as early as six months
Even indoor-only house pets often find ways to get outdoors when the sexual urge hits them. Whether they disappear for good (due to panic, accidents, or enemies) or they return home, babies are the result.
An unaltered male cat can father hundreds of kittens a year.
Statistically speaking, even if a person finds good homes for a litter, some of the litter will grow up and produce litters of their own.
Spaying a female before her first heat protects her from risks of uterine, ovarian, and mammary cancers.
Spaying also protects her from the stresses of pregnancy.
Spaying reduces her frantic interest in the outdoors and reduces the chances that she'll wander far.
Spaying reduces the chances she'll mark your home with urine when she's in heat.
Unaltered pets have urges that make them irritable and anxious. They yowl or whine frequently, fight with other pets, and/or destroy objects in the house.
Neutering a male reduces his risk from numerous health problems.
Neutering lowers his urge to roam and to fight, and thus lowers chances of disease transmission and woundings.
Neutering also reduces his tendency to spray in the home.
And neutering eliminates the powerful odor of adult male cat urine.