Magic 98.3 is teamed with Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society and People for Animals to host a trap-neuter-release (TNR) event, Snip & Chip, on Monday, March 9 to stabilize the local feral cat community.
Snip & Chip will include spay/neuter surgeries, micro-chipping, vaccines, and more. It will be held at the People for Animals clinic located at 1 Sharon Road in Robbinsville. The event will offer free feral spaying/neutering & micro-chipping (up to $62 value), to local feral cats. The “Feral Package” also includes rabies and distemper vaccines, ear-tipping, injectable pain control, tattooing, and medical waste disposal.
The event is being offered to feral cats only (no domesticated cats allowed), and additional services such as post-op boarding will be available for an additional fee. There is a five-cat limit per trapper. Valid payment methods include cash or credit/debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover). No checks or American Express cards will be accepted at this event.
Those who are interested in bringing cats to the event must register by February 28. To register, send an email to SnipAndChip@karmacatzendog.org with “Snip & Chip Reservations” in the subject line, and information about the cat(s) and the trapper.
TNR is an effective and widely accepted method of stabilizing the feral cat population. The feral cats involved in TNR operations are not socialized and generally do not easily handle living inside with people. These cats are comfortable in their outdoor home and are not considered homeless.
To further the TNR of community cats in Central New Jersey, Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society created the Snip & Chip program in 2018. The program works with an established TNR clinic and local trappers, feeders, and homeowners, and 236 cats have been fixed through the program since its beginning in fall 2017.
Each TNR project involves educating the local feeders/homeowners, trapping the cats, sterilization, vaccination, microchipping, ear-tipping (to easily identify the cats as sterilized), and returning the cats to their outdoor home. TNR projects can be labor intensive and Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society volunteers work on these projects in community cat colonies when time permits.
Involving the community increases education and reduces the burden of these projects from volunteers. Several dates are set aside with the clinic exclusively for the program. Trappers, feeders, and homeowners are invited to bring unsterilized community cats to these events where Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society pays for the sterilization, vaccinations, ear-tipping, and micro-chipping.
Microchips are important for community cats because they provide the opportunity for cats that enter a shelter or rescue group to be reunited with their colony and feeder. With respect to shelters, very often community cats are labeled feral immediately and euthanized after their required stray hold period has expired if the cat is not claimed.
About Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society: The mission of the Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society is to provide a safe and peaceful haven for homeless, abandoned or abused animals. We will help decrease the number of cats and dogs being destroyed in kill shelters through the work of our foster, spay/neuter, trap-neuter-return, and education programs. The vision of the Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society is a world where every companion animal is respected, fed, warm, happy, and not in danger of being killed because it is temporarily homeless.
About People for Animals: The mission of People for Animals, Inc. is to prevent animal suffering through affordable essential healthcare public policy advocacy, and community programs. People for Animals, Inc. was founded in 1980 to provide low cost-high volume spay/neuter services in New Jersey. Since then People for Animals has become the leading provider of spay/neuter services with clinics in Hillside, Robbinsville, and Clayton with 11 veterinarians on staff. People for Animals provides free spay shuttle service to its clinics and operate a mobile spay station to ensure that it can reach every shelter, rescue group, and owner in New Jersey.
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