Once a month, the GTHS holds a Community Cats Day. On Community Cats Day, unowned outdoor cats come to us to undergo spay/neuter surgeries. This program is free of charge and is made possible by generous donors and a group of dedicated volunteers who use humane live traps to capture feral cats and then transport them to the GTHS Animal Hospital where they are spayed/neutered. Following their recovery, the volunteers transport the fixed cats back to the area in which they were found. This entire process is referred to as TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return).
We held a Community Cats Day on March 19 and everything was on schedule and running like clockwork. That is, until we realized that one of the cats who had come to us that morning was hiding five tiny surprises under her fur!
Following their birth, it was all hands on deck to warm these five babies up and attempt to get steady heartbeats and breaths from them. Staff and volunteers quickly tended to the kitties’ every need and did everything they could to ensure their survival. It was an incredible display of teamwork. We are so proud of everyone involved!
What happened that day was not an isolated incident. It has happened before, and it will happen again unless we all work together to ensure that every dog and cat that crosses our paths is fixed. Not only does spaying and neutering help control pet overpopulation, but it also has a host of other benefits for pets and their owners.
We are happy to report that all five kittens are doing well and are currently growing big and strong in their loving foster home where they are monitored around the clock. They are the lucky ones. Unfortunately, many kittens born outside don’t experience the same good fortune. Spaying/neutering plays a key role in preventing undue suffering.