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Please do not take stray and feral cats to the open admission county shelter where they will be killed. Rather, be a part of the humane and compassionate solution: spay/neuter the stray and feral cats in your neighborhood, and provide daily food and shelter from inclement weather. We use feral villa houses, homemade Rubbermaid shelters with straw, lectro kennel pads, microwaveable disks, heated water bowls, and more. Please contact us for ideas.
Fulfilling our mission is dependent on donations. No amount is too small. SCOOP assists stray and feral cats, and cares for dozens of special needs rescued cats. For $5.00 you can feed a SCOOP cat for a week, $10.00 you can purchase a vaccination, for $15.00 you can feed an outdoor cat for a month, for $25.00 you can sponsor a SCOOP cat for a month, $35.00 you can purchase a spay/neuter, and for $45.00 you can purchase a spay/neuter and vaccination package. Want to sponsor a SCOOP cat? Let us know via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) which cat you'd like to sponsor, or let us choose the cat. Thank you for your support!
Thanks to The Joanie Bernard Foundation and Fifth Third Bank, we were able to provide vouchers for 375 stray and feral cats!
We currently have a limited number of vouchers available.
SCOOP has funded the spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations for 1300 cats.
Paint Your Own Pet on Canvas!
Please join us on March 26, 2015 between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. for a fun evening of painting and hor d'oeurves for just $40.00. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to SCOOP. You choose the picture of your pet, send it via email to email@example.com one week before the class, and it'll be ready for you to paint by number using any colors you want! An artist will be available for assistance. Class space is limited.
"Have a Heart" Program
SCOOP has 15 cats who have been diagnosed with some form of cardiomyopathy, or are being monitored. Among the special needs cats at SCOOP, this is the most expensive medical issue to monitor and treat. The cost can exceed $1,000 each year per cat, and much more when a cat is in the final stages of heart disease. Treatment extends the life of these cats and improves their quality of life. Sadly, SCOOP has lost four cats to heart disease: Squirrel at age 10, Toby at age 12, Archie at age 6, Izzy at age 12, Squirrel at age 10, Star at age 17, and Stewie at age 12. Donations to our "Have a Heart" program will assist us in providing the best possible medical care to these cats who suffer from heart disease. All donations are tax deductible. Thank you!
Who We Are:
SCOOP is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), organization that promotes the compassionate treatment and well-being of the feline population. We are completely staffed by volunteers and our board members receive no pay. All proceeds benefit cats and the community. Our major focus is to provide a spay/neuter and vaccination voucher program for people of any income who help stray and feral cats, called free-roaming cats. We do not have the resources to provide direct trap-neuter-return (TNR) services, but rather we provide financial assistance, education, and consultation to those interested in helping stray or feral cats. Since 2007, we have assisted in funding the majority, or all of the cost, for the spay/neuter and vaccinations of 1300 stray and feral cats! SCOOP does not have a shelter and cannot assist community members in placing rescued cats, or pet cats being relinquished.
Pretty and her kitten, Tabitha In Memory of Gabe Gus
What is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) that SCOOP advocates?:
SCOOP advocates the proven technique of TNR for humanely reducing the stray and feral cat population. TNR is a program that allows outdoor stray and feral cats to continue to live outdoors after being humanely trapped, sterilized, and vaccinated. These cats then have lifelong caretakers who provide food, water, and shelter. Often, stray cats and kittens, or young feral kittens, are tamed and adopted. Research shows that TNR helps reduce the number of feral and stray cats in communities. The technique was brought to the United States from Europe in the late 1980s. It works by breaking the cycle of reproduction.
Eighty one percent of Americans believe that leaving a stray or feral cat outside to live out its life is more humane than having the cat caught and killed. Even when asked to assume that a stray or feral cat will die by being hit by a car, 72% of Americans believe it's still more humane to let the cat live in its outdoor home. Euthanasia at animal shelters is the number one documented cause of death for cats in the United States. It costs more taxpayer dollars (three times as much) for the cat to be trapped, held, killed, and disposed of at the county shelter than it does to humanely trap, sterilize, vaccinate, and release the cat back to its outdoor home where it's provided food and water by caretakers. The breeding stops, nuisance behaviors of unspayed and unneutered cats stop, and disease and malnutrition are greatly reduced.
What is a feral cat?
Feral cats are unsocialized to humans. Stray cats have been abandoned or lost, and they can become feral over time. Typically, stray cats can be re-socialized and adopted.
Where do feral cats live?
Feral cats live in yards, parks, barns, college campuses, deserted buildings, near restaurants, in apartment or condo developments, etc. Where there are food sources and shelter, there are cats.
How many stray and feral cats are there? In the United States, it's estimated that there are between 60 to 100 million stray and feral cats.
Won't these wild cats carry rabies? Rabies is overwhelmingly a disease of wildlife such as raccoons, bats, skunks, and foxes. Cats are not a primary vector of rabies. From 1990 to 2006, only 38 people died from rabies in this country, and not one was contracted from a cat.
What about wildlife, such as birds, that cats kill? Cats are not the cause of wildlife depletion--humans are. Studies show that the overwhelming cause of wildlife depletion is destruction of natural habitat due to manmade structures, chemical pollutions, pesticides, and drought.
Does trap and remove work as well as TNR? "Trap and kill" does not work. Where there are food sources, feral and stray cats establish territories. If you get rid of the cats in that area, then more cats quickly move into the area and this is called the "vacuum effect." These unsterilized cats will breed. Colonies of cats will remain relatively stable and when all of the cats are fixed in those colonies, that means no more kittens.
Who does TNR? People from all walks of life are assisting with this compassionate solution--doctors, teachers, lawyers, business owners, police officers, construction workers, etc.
What about the diseases being spread by these outdoor cats? House cats and feral cats contract feline AIDS and leukemia at the same rate--about 4%. Stray and feral cats cannot spread these diseases to people, or to other animals.
SUPPORT OHIO SPAY/NEUTER PROGRAMS
Any registered automobile owner in Ohio is eligible to purchase an Ohio Pet Specialty License plate and all proceeds will go to the Ohio Pet Fund, a non-profit corporation. Money in the fund will be used to support spay/neuter programs for dogs and cats in Ohio, and for the educational programs about the proper veterinary care of those pets.
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