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Community Spay-Neuter Clinic of Topsham 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 and Waterville, and offering mobile clinic services in other locations, our services are increasingly available to more economically disadvantaged regions of Maine.For more information, visit us on Facebook
The Annual Community Cat Survey is Now OPEN! (CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY)
What is the Community Cat Survey?
Have you heard of the Christmas Bird Count? That is a count that is repeated in exactly the same way every year at exactly the same time of year, so that year-to-year comparisons of population counts can be compared, and over time, long-term trends can be distinguished. Citizen Scientists are critical to the success of these sorts of counts.
In the same way, the Annual Community Cat Survey is a standardized method for counting Community Cats (cats that are unowned and live exclusively outdoors, including so-called barn, feral and stray cats). This Survey will be conducted during the same time each year. Conducting the survey at the same time every year will allow year-to-year comparisons to be made, so that populations of unowned cats, and their spay-neuter status, can be tracked over time.
Why is this important?
The reason it is important to track Community Cat populations over time and to map these, is to provide at first, information on where spay-neuter work has been done and where large groups of unsterilized cats still occur; and second, over years’ time, if and when spay-neuter work is working to reduce colony size.
Already, the Community Cat Survey is helping us identify where spay-neuter is needed most. In 2014, Community Spay-Neuter Clinic conducted the first Annual Community Cat Count. Using reports from Citizen Scientists and others, we counted 5,682 cats in 767 different locations. Using this information, Community Spay-Neuter Clinic has raised funds to sterilize cat populations that were identified in several regions of Maine.
To Contribute non-identifiable information about community cats you know or have heard of, please follow link to contribute information. Don’t worry, you do not need to give us information that would identify the cats’ exact location.