Monday, September 9, 2013

Helping Neighborhood Cats

If you are seeing and/or feeding stray cats in your neighborhood, remember that this time of year especially, cats are safer left outside with food and plenty of fresh water than taken to animal control facilities. Shelters and rescues are overwhelmed with kittens and homeless cats during the warmer months, so many are euthanized. There simply are too many homeless animals and not enough space in shelters. If you can provide food and water and a temporary place for the cat, you might be saving a life!

If you are unable to find a home for a stray cat or kittens yourself, call around to no-kill shelters and rescue groups. It’s important to call ahead, as most shelters are full but may have a waiting list.

In the meantime, be sure to get cats over six months spayed or neutered right away to prevent even more unwanted kittens. You can check with your vet, low-cost mobile clinics MN SNAP or Kindest Cut, or contact our spay-neuter-outreach program volunteers for assistance at Please pass this information along to help save more lives!

Ellie is one stray cat, about 6 months old, who was caught and spayed before she could have kittens outside.

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