Written by Kelly Kaczala
Tuesday, 24 June 2008 12:28
Humane Ohio, a non-profit organization on Secor Road in Toledo, is offering to spay and neuter cats owned by East Toledoans for just $25 on July 2 to stem the rising tide of unwanted litters of kittens and homeless cats.
East Toledo residents have until June 25 to register and reserve a spot on Humane Ohio’s transport van, which will pick up their cats on Wednesday, July 2 at 7:30 a.m. and return Thursday, July 3 at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the East Toledo Family Center, 1020 Varland Ave. To register, contact Humane Ohio at 419-266-5607. Residents must show proof they live in East Toledo to receive the discounted rate.
The group will work with pet owners who cannot afford the $25 fee, according to Lisa Hochradel, clinic director of Humane Ohio. Free spay and neutering is also offered to stray and feral cats, which would receive ear tips to identify they have been fixed for anyone seeking to trap them in the future. The cats must be in a live trap, which are available from Humane Ohio for a $35 deposit. The money is returned when the trap is brought back.
Cats need to be in carriers to be on the transport. The group has carriers available, but arrangements must be made by phone.
East Toledo, like most neighborhoods, is overrun with unwanted cats that are reproducing at an alarming rate.
“It’s definitely a problem” said Kim Partin, executive director of the East Toledo Family Center. “We’re trying to get the word out about Humane Ohio coming to the Center on July 2.”
Andrea Martin, co-leader of Block Watch 421 B in the Garfield area in East Toledo, agrees.
“We do have a big cat population over here,” said Martin, who is informing neighbors, and distributing flyers on Main and Front streets, to promote the low cost spay and neutering program.
“The dog warden doesn’t do anything about cats. And the only way we are going to do anything about them is to either not feed them, adopt them, or at least get them spay or neutered. Otherwise, you’re just going to be a cat factory,” said Martin.
She urged residents to take advantage of the July 2 spay and neuter transport program, which is being funded by a government grant.
“It’s an excellent deal. It normally costs a lot more than $25 to get a dog or cat spay or neutered by a veterinarian. And Humane Ohio will transport your cat to its clinic and drop it off the next day,” said Martin. “Then you won’t have to deal with finding homes for kittens, or deal with cats giving birth on your front porch or in your shed. It’s preventative maintenance.”
Humane Ohio also has available funding to assist in the spay and neuter of dogs over 40 lbs, with a limit of five dogs per household.
“If we find we have room to transport a dog, we will try and do this for them,” said Hochradel. “We do not have city grant money for dogs, but we do have discounted prices if people can’t afford the normal $55-$65 range.”
Partin said Humane Ohio would like to schedule a couple more dates this summer to spay and neuter East Toledo cats.
“Humane Ohio would like to do this again. We’ll see how everything goes July 2,” said Partin.