Prevent A Litter (PAL) Program:

This program has been halted. Contact us for information about our new Sick and Injured Cat (SIC) Program for stray and feral cats available to community members.

Overpopulation among cats in the United States is at an epidemic proportion, with between 60 to 100 million homeless cats and approximately 40,000 kittens born each day. There will never be enough homes for all of these kittens. As a result, millions of healthy kittens and cats are euthanized every year in shelters--nearly 100 animals every single day in the Greater Cincinnati shelters. The most humane and compassionate solution to this problem is spay/neuter.

Do you know that the Dayton Humane Shelter will no longer euthanize stray and feral cats brought to them? They will spay/neuter them and require that they either be adopted or returned to their outdoor home. Way to go Dayton!

Prevent A Litter (PAL) is a spay/neuter and vaccination program for people who help stray or feral cats privately, or within organizations. This includes people caring for stray or feral cats in their home, yard, neighborhood, or community feral colony. Upon request, people (of any income) will receive a voucher from SCOOP to assist with the cost of spay/neuter and vaccination services.

Frequently Asked Questions:

--What is the PAL program? The PAL program was developed to assist people who help stray and feral cats, called free-roaming cats either privately or within organizations.

--What counties in Ohio are assisted by SCOOP? Hamilton, Clermont, Butler, and Warren counties. We cannot assist in Kentucky and Indiana.
--What if our pet cat is one we rescued?
While we encourage people to adopt or foster rescued kittens and cats, if spay/neuter services are needed SCOOP should be notified as soon as possible after the kitten or cat is rescued and brought into the home since our program is not for pet owners.

--Is the PAL program for pet owners who can’t afford spay/neuter services? No, this is a rescue-based program with no income restrictions. We do not provide vouchers for current pets.

--Do you check the income level of someone requesting a voucher? No, SCOOP believes that anyone who cares for a stray or feral cat and has it spayed/neutered is providing a community service. SCOOP is not concerned about the income level of the rescuer. Our goal is to help compassionate people of all income levels who are part of the solution.  

--Can we use the voucher at our vet clinic? SCOOP collaborates with three clinics, the United Coalition for Animals (UCAN), Ohio AlleyCat Resource (OAR), and Animal Friends in Butler County. If your vet would like to accept our voucher to help reduce the cost for you, we will gladly work with your vet. You would need to discuss this with your vet.

--I just had my rescued kitten or cat spayed/neutered and I’m wondering if I can receive reimbursement? No, SCOOP must be notified prior to the surgery.

--How many vouchers can I have? We prefer to give no more than three at one time due to record-keeping purposes. However, if you’re planning a mass trapping of a colony, we’ll work with you concerning the number of vouchers you need given our funds allow this.

--Can I combine your voucher with one from another organization? Yes

--Are vouchers available year long? Vouchers are available as our funds allow. Our website and phone message (513.771.2967) will indicate whether we have vouchers.

--Do the vouchers expire? Yes, they expire in one to two months after the date they’re issued. The voucher will have the expiration date on it and the clinics will check the date. After the expiration date, they will be re-issued only if funds allow.

--If I don’t use the voucher, can I give it to someone else? No. Each voucher will have the name of the rescuer on it.

--What is the process for receiving a voucher? You can call or email us and leave your name and contact information. Your call will be returned within three to five days in order to discuss the situation. You’ll be contacted quicker through email. You’ll then be sent a brief information form through email, or the mail, that will need to be returned before a voucher is sent.

--How much of the spay/neuter surgery does SCOOP cover? SCOOP pays for $25.00 to $35.00 (depending on available funds) of the surgery. The cost at UCAN and OAR is $35.00 for both males and females. A $10.00 rabies vaccination is required, making the package $45.00. The cost at Animal Friends is $25.00.

--How much of the distemper vaccination is covered? SCOOP pays $5.00 toward a FRVCP/distemper vaccination when funds allow. This vaccination provides protection against illnesses that are potentially fatal to kittens and cats. UCAN and OAR require a rabies vacinnation for all stray and feral cats unless proof of vaccine is shown, which is an extra charge of $10.00.

--I can’t transport the cat because I don’t have a car. What can I do? SCOOP will assist you in finding a drop-off location for the cat since UCAN and OAR provide transport from various shelters and other locations. You’ll need to have the cat there at a certain time that morning. Some organizations will arrange to pick up the cat or kitten at your home. This is not a typical procedure though.

--Will you trap the cats while I’m at work? No, but we’ll gladly visit you at a mutually convenient time and train you in trap/neuter/return (TNR) methods. We’re available every day for consultation as well. There are not enough volunteers to provide TNR--community members need to be involved as well. We do not provide training in trapping methods for people who intend to take cats to the local county kill shelters. All cats who arrive in traps to such shelters are killed.  

--What do I do with the kittens? That’s each rescuer’s decision. Some rescuers foster kittens until they’re adopted. Others choose to release kittens back to their outdoor home once they’re spay/neutered and vaccinated. They then either become their caretakers, or find someone to care for them by providing food, water, and shelter daily. We do not provide vouchers for cats or kittens who will be taken to a county kill shelter.

--The cats look sick. Can SCOOP provide medication, or pay for their vet bills? No, SCOOP’s mission is to fund spay/neuter and vaccination services. There may be other organizations who can help, or you can approach your own vet and see if a discount is possible with rescued cats and kittens. Many vets will assist rescued animals at a discount. We will provide you with the names of rescue friendly vets.

--How could I ever medicate a cat I can’t touch? This is done all of the time. Antibiotics can be put in canned food once a day for seven to ten days, or for as long as needed. The plate of food would need to be monitored to make sure the right cat gets it. There are also long-acting antibiotic shots that can be given by a vet to a cat who is in a trap.

--Can I have the sick kitten/cat spayed/neutered? The clinics will not spay/neuter a sick kitten or cat. Also, they will not be accepted in the transport vans.