Big things are happening at CSNC!
Hot off the presses – our Fall Newsletter
Washington County – Feral Cat Project – Adoptable Cats – Waterville – a LOT has happened in the last few months!
Washington County Cats Clinics – a HUGE success!
Remember that fundraiser we held at the Red Barn this past March? The money we raised at that event was the catalyst for a series of low-cost and free spay/neuter clinics for low-income Washington County residents. The situation in Washington County is dire. A remote location coupled with limited access to affordable veterinary care has led to a huge number of low-income pet owners wanting to do the right thing but not having the means to do so. Thanks to strategic partnerships with PAWS Brave Hearts, AWS/Cleo Fund, and Help Fix ME we held 3 weekend-long clinics in Calais. In that time (only 9 days!) were able to fix and vaccinate 277 cats who otherwise wouldn't have been!
We are planning to return to Washington County this spring to help out even more pet owners. Keep an eye out for more details coming soon!
Feral Cat Project
Last October we conducted a survey** of feral cat populations in Maine to see where colonies are prolific and where our help is most needed in controlling the problem through spay-neuter. The results of that survey led us to write a grant to target towns in 4 counties in Maine. The Elmina B. Sewall Foundation awarded us a grant and, thanks to this and additional support from the Cleo Fund, we are able to offer FREE spay/neuter and rabies vaccines for 600 stray, feral, and barn cats (community cats) from 10 different towns.
We will be focusing on: Bath, West Bath, Phippsburg, Georgetown, and Richmond in Sagadahoc County; Monmouth, Benton, and Clinton in Kennebec County; Burnham in Waldo County; and Waldoboro in Lincoln County.
WE ARE ABLE TO OFFER ASSISTANCE WITH TRAPPING AND TRANSPORTATION OF YOUR CATS if you are in Bath, West Bath, Phippsburg, Georgetown, or Richmond.
They have given us 1 year to meet this goal, and we are determined to rise to the occasion!! But, to make this happen, we need your help! You can help us out by sharing this e-mail with friends, neighbors, or family members who live in the towns mentioned, or by volunteering your time for a few hours a week at the clinic. We also need monetary donations to our Feral Cat Fund to enable us to provide these cats with additional medical care above and beyond spay/neuter surgery. Together, we can make a real difference for these stray and feral cats!
**Thank you to all that contributed to our important Citizen Science Community Cat Survey in 2015. As you can see have used the information you provided to see where the need for sterilization is greatest. Please stay tuned for our call to participate in our 2016 survey!
We're taking a 2-pronged approach to reducing the population of feral, stray, and homeless cats in Maine: TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) of unsocializable adults… and socialization and placement in homes of companionable cats and kittens!!
There's no reason why a good-natured and lovable cat should be released back into the wild if it can be socialized and adopted by a caring family. That's why we plan to trap them, vet them, and let you adopt them!
The Maine Community Foundation's Belvedere Fund granted us $10,000 toward our cat socialization and adoption center. The permits have been filed with the town and we will install enclosures THIS FALL on our new adoption facility, located on the same property at the Clinic.
This is a big undertaking for us, and we need your help to make it successful. Can you make a monetary donation (or even better, a recurring monthly donation)? Are you able to send us a few items off of our Amazon Wishlist (if you do, make sure you start at smile.amazon.com and set Center For Wildlife Health Research as your nonprofit)? Do you have a few hours per week that you could volunteer at the clinic? Are there other ways in which you would like to help? We would love to hear from you!! Stay tuned for more details coming about this exciting new project!!
WATERVILLE: The Final Countdown. Free spay/neuter, vaccines, and transportation!
We are quickly approaching the deadline for our PetSmart Charities Inc. Community Pet Program in Waterville's South End and North End neighborhoods. Funding is still available to offer FREE spay/neuter and vaccines to dogs and cats from downtown Waterville, including the South End and North End neighborhoods. We don't want this money to go to waste – please help us spread the word by sharing this e-mail with any friends, neighbors, or family members who live in Waterville. There is just a little over a month left to take advantage of this amazing FREE service! Kittens, puppies, and strays included.
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