P.E.T.S. Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic has been spaying and neutering cats for many years, but in order to continue doing so, the nonprofit has to find more funding.
“Feral and free roaming cats are the cats that don’t have owners,” Leslie Harrelson, P.E.T.S. Executive Director, said. “Ferals are the ones that run from you, you can’t handle them. You have to trap them. And free roaming cats are the neighborhood toms and calicoes, you know, that will weave in between your feet but they just don’t have anybody — one house that they live in.”
At the beginning of 2015, the nonprofit was awarded $84,000 from PetSmart charities to fund the program and since then, they have spayed or neutered more than 2,200.
Once someone traps and brings in a stray cat, it only costs them $4 for a rabies vaccine, but the nonprofit will fix them for free.
“They basically stay in heat until they are pregnant or fixed, so they are going to constantly have kittens,” Harrelson said.
Harrelson said the nonprofit is running out of funds for the program, which is why they are counting on Texomans.
“We’re hoping that Texoma Gives will be a ginormous, huge, huge financial boost for us and we’re going to put that money towards helping the feral and free roaming cats until the next grant can get approved,” she said.
You can help P.E.T.S. continue their mission of controlling the pet population — as part of Texoma Gives on Thursday.
Harrelson said in addition to helping them continue the cat program — they also plan to use some of the money raised through Texoma Gives to build chain link fences for their “Chain-Off” program.