The veterinary doctors of Central Veterinary Clinic in Ponoka are teaming up with Alix-based animal shelter Saving Grace Animal Society to spay or neuter over 75 homeless or feral cats from rural properties in the Ponoka-area this weekend.
The vets are volunteering their time on Sunday. Sept. 19, to operate on the felines, who will be trapped the day before.
One of the properties selected for the clinic has up to 50 cats.
Saving Grace says in many situations, colonies form on rural properties through no fault of the landowners.
“Cats are smart, they travel to find food and when they come across an owner who cares to feed them, they stay,” the society said in a press release.
“Then comes repopulating, sickness due to malnutrition, inbreeding etcetera and the problem skyrockets.”
All the cats will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated against disease, will receive complete wellness checks, and receive identification and de-worming.
Some cats will return home and some will become part of Saving Grace’s barn buddies program or the general cat program where the society will seek adoptive homes for them.
With the clinic this weekend, Saving Grace says, “Many kittens will be saved from what may have been a short life living outdoors and will be transitioned into loving homes and the mama cats won’t have to struggle anymore.”
Amanda McClughan, development director for Saving Grace, says the properties selected for this clinic were based on the highest need.
Although this clinic is full, they hold one every three to four months. Anyone with a cat colony problem on their property that they are in need of assistance with are welcome to contact Saving Grace.
For more information, visit www.savinggracecanada.com.