Barn cats are a great way to deter pests in your barn, but what happens when they start to multiply? As many barn owners are aware, two cats can quickly lead to 20. And that’s exactly why The Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth Humane Society (KWSPHS) offers services to help community cats (feral) and barn cats.
KWSPHS re-launched their Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) program in March of this year, partnering with PetSmart Charities of Canada to offer spay neuter services for just $35. This significantly reduced rate is only available for community cats and barn cats, while owned pets can still receive reduced cost services at the Humane Societies’ spay neuter clinic in Stratford.
“PetSmart Charities of Canada is pleased to support the Humane Society’s efforts to address pet overpopulation,” says Dani LaGiglia, regional relationship manager at the charity. “By making spay and neuter surgeries more accessible and affordable, we’re helping to prevent further pet homelessness in Kitchener, Waterloo, Stratford and the surrounding communities.”
The $35 fee includes the spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations including rabies, a microchip, flea treatment, and ear tip (the universal sign for a cat being fixed). The microchip is registered to the cats caregiver. If barn owners require a trap to bring their barn cat in, the humane society also offers trap rentals for a reasonable fee.
For barn owners questioning if they should fix their pets, the humane society has just one answer – YES! The benefits are many. As per the Humane Society of the United States:
1) You`ll avoid unwanted kittens – female cats can breed as early as four months. By fixing your barn cat, you’ll prevent an endless cycle of kittens and the burden it creates on shelters.
2) You`ll stop the spray – neutered males are less likely to spray, and females are less likely to mark their territory, preventing foul odours around your property.
3) You’ll prevent the major cause of death and suffering – for those animals that don’t make it into a shelter, they could find it very tough to survive. Altered pets are also less likely to roam and get hit by cars or fall prey to wild animals.
4) You`ll have fewer fights – fights between unaltered pets can be serious, causing deep wounds and transmitting deadly diseases. Neutered males tend to be less aggressive to both animals and people, especially when altered at an early age.
5) You’ll prevent overpopulation within our shelters – By reducing the risk of overpopulation, you’re ensuring those entering the shelters will find a forever home.
At this time of year, the humane society receives a high volume of calls for kittens, many being the offspring of community cats, stray cats and barn cats. They strongly encourage people to help control the pet overpopulation and get their barn cats fixed.
To book your barn cat for spay/neuter, please contact Stacy Murphy, Community Liaison Coordinator, at 519-745-5615 ext 235. For more information on the program, visit www.kwsphumane.ca